32nd out of 106 books — 27 voters
Hue and Cry
Hue and Cry is the remarkably mature and agile debut story collection from James Alan McPherson, one of America's most venerated, most original writers. McPherson's characters -- gritty, jazzy, authentic, and pristinely rendered -- give voice to unheard struggles along the dividing lines of race and poverty in subtle, fluid prose that bears no trace of sentimentality, agen...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 27th 2001 by Harper Perennial
(first published 1979)
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I've only read a few stories from this book, but they've all been really lovely. And lovely is kind of the word I would choose (obviously-- it's the word I DID choose) even when the stories are sad or somewhat gory, there's a sweet melancholy to them. They're funny too.
James Alan McPherson is among the most revered authors living and writing in the United States. He spent his early career writing short stories and essays, almost without exception, for The Atlantic. At the age of 35, McPherson received a Pulitzer Prize for his collection of stories, Elbow Room (1978). He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1973) and the MacArthur Foundation Award (t...moreMore about James Alan McPherson...