The Resource The Graybar Hotel : stories, Curtis Dawkins

The Graybar Hotel : stories, Curtis Dawkins

Label
The Graybar Hotel : stories
Title
The Graybar Hotel
Title remainder
stories
Statement of responsibility
Curtis Dawkins
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In this stunning debut collection, Curtis Dawkins, an MFA graduate and convicted murderer serving life without parole, takes us inside the worlds of prison and prisoners with stories that dazzle with their humor and insight, even as they describe a harsh and barren existence. In Curtis Dawkins's first short story collection, he offers a window into prison life through the eyes of his narrators and their cellmates. Dawkins reveals the idiosyncrasies, tedium, and desperation of long-term incarceration--he describes men who struggle to keep their souls alive despite the challenges they face. In "A Human Number," a man spends his days collect-calling strangers just to hear the sounds of the outside world. In "573543," an inmate recalls his descent into addiction as his prison softball team gears up for an annual tournament against another unit. In "Leche Quemada," an inmate is released and finds freedom more complex and baffling then he expected. Dawkins's stories are funny and sad, filled with unforgettable detail--the barter system based on calligraphy-ink tattoos, handmade cards, and cigarettes; a single dandelion smuggled in from the rec yard; candy made from powdered milk, water, sugar, and hot sauce. His characters are nuanced and sympathetic, despite their obvious flaws. The Graybar Hotel tells moving, human stories about men enduring impossible circumstances. Dawkins takes readers beyond the cells into characters' pasts and memories and desires, into the unusual bonds that form during incarceration and the strained relationships with family members on the outside. He's an extraordinary writer with a knack for metaphor, and this is a powerful compilation of stories that gives voice to the experience of perhaps the most overlooked members of our society"--
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813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
short stories
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The Graybar Hotel : stories, Curtis Dawkins
Label
The Graybar Hotel : stories, Curtis Dawkins
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
County -- A human number -- Sunshine -- Daytime drama -- The boy who dreamed too much -- 573543 -- In the dayroom with Stinky -- Swans -- The world out there -- Six pictures of a fire at night -- Depakote Mo -- Brother goose -- Engulfed -- Leche quemada
Control code
ocn961009480
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Extent
210 pages
Isbn
9781501162299
Lccn
2017011310
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
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