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The reemergence of James Allen McPherson, one of contemporary literature's bright stars, after a series of devastating personal setbacks that kept him from writing, is one of the major literary events of the season.Crabcakes is an astounding, impressionistic examination of the emotional topography of McPherson's life, from his days in Baltimore to his recent years at the e ...more
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Simon & Schuster
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Tl Wagener
Oct 03, 2013 Tl Wagener rated it it was ok
A remarkable view inside the mind of this writer. The memoir seems to be written more for himself than an audience, and, as he often notes his own solitude -- to the point of reclusiveness -- this is, I guess, understandable. But it caused me to skim in some places.

A beautiful writer, however, and the book makes me want to seek out other work of his.
Jan 21, 2016 Nancy rated it it was ok
Shelves: baltimore, memoir, racism
I did not finish this memoir because it was too stylized for my liking. Each chapter had a different writing style relating different times and events in the author's life, connected (albeit oftentimes loosely) to a Baltimore house he had rented out to a poor, elderly couple. I like a memoir that makes me feel I know the person who wrote it, but here I felt totally disconnected from him.
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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 ...more
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