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The Graybar Hotel: Stories

Curtis Dawkins
Format
Book
Published
New York : Scribner, 2017.
Edition
First Scribner hardcover edition
Language
English
Uniform Title
Short Stories
ISBN
9781501162299, 1501162292, 9781501162312
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"--
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.
Description
210 pages ; 22 cm
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