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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With this new collection, Bell ( Soldier's Joy ; Zero db and Other Stories ) expands his territory, in both geographic and interior landscapes, and claims a place among our most accomplished writers. From the meticulously imagined perspective of a monk-like Chinese mouse, who accepts the exigencies of caged life with courage and admirable intelligence (``Holding Together''), to the frustrations and sorrow of a young former drug addict trying to regain custody of her son in ``Customs of the Country,'' Bell creates characters whose circumstances and states of mind are both recognizable and revealing. Their wide spectrum ranging from the urban homeless in `` Move On Up'' and `` Finding Natasha '' to the tobacco farmer turned dog trainer turned boarder of juvenile incorrigibles ( `` Black and Tan '') and the old sculptress of the estimable `` Dragon Seed'' (she communes with a pair of private demons and wreaks appropriate vengeance on a child pornographer), the people in these stories exert an irresistible pull. Save for an occasional unconvincing coincidence, Bell takes us to Manhattan, to his native South, to the French Riviera with its whisper of music, to London--altogether a memorable tour. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Relentlessly grim and razor-sharp, Bell's stories get better with each offering. Studying people who live on the dark underbelly of society, he presents a crystal-clear vision of humanity that disturbs and intrigues. This latest collection (following Db and Other Stories , LJ 2/1/87, and novels that include Soldier's Joy , LJ 5/15/89) is reminiscent of Salinger's Nine Stories in its variety and depiction of odd human characters. From the homeless (``Move on Up'') to the disturbed (``Barking Man'') to panhandlers on the French Riviera (``Petit Cachou'') and a poor, haunted old woman with a child pornographer neighbor (``Dragon's Seed''), these characters will linger in the mind of the reader. Memorable, and sure to add to the author's growing reputation.-- Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L.. Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140149036
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1991
  • Series: Contemporary American Fiction Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Madison Smartt  Bell
Madison Smartt Bell
Whether he's writing about the Haitian Revolution or a white Tae Kwon Do teacher in the Baltimore ghetto, Madison Smartt Bell can be extraordinarily flexible while maintaining his simple but poetic way with language. As the New York Times Book Review once put it, "[Bell] has an uncanny understanding of the way many people must struggle to live."

Biography

Best known for an acclaimed trilogy of novels which chart the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1803 (All Souls Rising; Master of the Crossroads; and The Stone That The Builder Refused), Madison Smartt Bell was born and raised in Nashville, TN, and educated at Princeton University and Hollins College. In addition to fiction that ranges from historical novels to short stories to dark psychological thrillers, he has written biographies (one of pioneering chemist Antoine Lavoisier and another of Haitian leader Toussaint L'Ouverture) and Charm City, an idiosyncratic guided tour of Baltimore, where he lives with his wife, the poet Elizabeth Spires. He has taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and at Johns Hopkins University and currently directs the Creative Writing program at Goucher College. In 1996, Bell was chosen by the British literary magazine Granta as one of the twenty Best Young American Novelists. He is also an accomplished songwriter and musician.

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"Two of my longterm pastimes are martial arts and music. I think this item of fact should make the characters I've written who practice both more plausible. I practiced Tae Kwon Do for 20 years until my knees stopped cooperating. Since then I've been doing Tae Chi -- great for concentration, meditation, clearing the head and restoring the energy, as well as being easier on the joints for anyone over 40. I've played various fretted instruments since I was 11, most recently electric guitar. Anything Goes, my most recent book, is a novel about a year in the live of a traveling cover band. It features a few original tunes cowritten by me and Wyn Cooper."

"Since 1996 I've been importing a few paintings from the Cap Haitien area of Haiti, as a benefit for painters there who suffer from the sharp decline of tourism. and some of these paintings can be seen at http://faculty.goucher.edu/mbell/painting.htm."

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    1. Hometown:
      Baltimore, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 1, 1957
    2. Place of Birth:
      Nashville, Tennessee
    1. Education:
      A.B. in English, Princeton University, 1979; M.A. in English and creative writing, Hollins College, 1981
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