God's Gym

God's Gym

by John Edgar Wideman
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God's Gym by John Edgar Wideman

In God's Gym, the celebrated author John Edgar Wideman offers stories that pulse with emotional electricity. The ten pieces here explore strength, both physical and spiritual. The collection opens with a man paying tribute to the quiet fortitude of his mother, a woman who "should wear a T-shirt: God's Gym." In the stories that follow, Wideman delivers powerful riffs on family and fate, basketball and belief. His mesmerizing prose features guest appearances by cultural luminaries as diverse as the Harlem Globetrotters, Frantz Fanon, Thelonious Monk, and Marilyn Monroe. As always, Wideman astounds with writing that moves from the intimate to the political, from shock to transcendence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618711994
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/10/2006
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning Brothers and Keepers, Philadelphia Fire, and the story collection God’s Gym. He is the recipient of two PEN/ Faulkner Awards and has been nominated for the National Book Award.

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God's Gym 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was sooooooo disappointing. I saw it in Oprahs' magazine and recommended it to my book club. What a disaster! I found the writing to be long winded and pretentious. Worse, when it finally got to the point - it was always such an anticlimax. It was as though he loves to write, but has nothing to say. The words sounded poetic sometimes, but that barely had any relevance to the story. The stories themselves, had neither ryhme nor reason!! It was torture reading that book, the entire book club, was ready to lynch me!!