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YA-- In these 14 stories set in black neighborhoods of Washington, DC in the '60s and '70s, Jones establishes a mood and a specific sense of place, but he also presents universal hopes and aspirations. Beautifully and economically written, the selections are filled with revealing details of poverty and degradation, and yet the protagonists are survivors who look to find hope and meaning in their lives. The haunting, grainy black-and-white photographs add to the real, though slightly hazy, atmosphere and reveal the underlying grit portrayed so evocatively in the prose. A more-than-worthwhile addition. --Susan H. Woodcock, Potomac Library, Woodbridge, VA

"Original and arresting..[Jones's] stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers." -- Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
"Poignant.Gripping.[Jones] has a careful ear for dialogue." -- Washington Times
"A powerful fiction debut." -- New York Times
"[A] powerful.generous.collection." -- USA Today
A powerful fiction debut. --New York Times
Original and arresting .[Jones s] stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers. --Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
[A] powerful generous collection. --USA Today
Poignant Gripping [Jones] has a careful ear for dialogue. --Washington Times
Although these experiences will be unfamiliar to many readers, Jones instills humanity in his characters and stories. --Library Journal
Jones writes knowingly....His insightful portraits...make this a poignant and promising first effort. --Publishers Weekly
Edward P. Jones has a commanding voice. His collection of stories is arresting. --Terry McMillan, author of Waiting to Exhale
"Jones writes knowingly....His insightful portraits...make this a poignant and promising first effort."--Publishers Weekly
"A powerful fiction debut."--New York Times
"Original and arresting....[Jones's] stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
"[A] powerful...generous...collection."--USA Today
"Poignant...Gripping...[Jones] has a careful ear for dialogue."--Washington Times
"Although these experiences will be unfamiliar to many readers, Jones instills humanity in his characters and stories."--Library Journal
"Edward P. Jones has a commanding voice. His collection of stories is arresting."--Terry McMillan, author of Waiting to Exhale
"Jones writes knowingly. . . . His insightful portraits . . . make this a poignant and promising first effort."--Publishers Weekly
"Original and arresting. . . . [Jones's] stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
"Poignant. . . . Gripping. . . . [Jones] has a careful ear for dialogue."--Washington Times

Young and old struggle for spiritual survival against the often crushing obstacles of the inner city in these 14 moving stories of African American life in Washington, D.C. Traveling street by street through the nation's capital, Jones introduces a wide range of characters, each of whom has a distinct way of keeping the faith. Betsy Ann Morgan, ``The Girl Who Raised Pigeons,'' finds inspiration in the birds she cares for on the roof of her apartment building. Middle-aged Vivian Slater leads a hymn-singing group in ``Gospel.'' The narrator of ``The Store'' labors to build up a neighborhood grocery; in ``His Mother's House,'' Joyce Moses collects photographs and cares for the expensive home her young son has bought her with his crack earnings. Depicting characters who strive to preserve fragile bonds of family and community in a violent, tragic world, Jones writes knowingly of their nontraditional ways of caring for one another and themselves. His insightful portraits of young people and frank, unsensationalized depictions of horrifying social ills make this a poignant and promising first effort. (June)

As Academy Award-nominated director John Singleton said of the violence in his film Boyz N the Hood , ``It's what's goin' down in America.'' Jones addresses similar sociological realities in his collection of 14 short stories, writing affectingly of African American life in our nation's capital. This is not the Washington of monuments, tourists, and the federal government; rather, it is the darker side of the city. Jones describes the harsh realities of life that exist for some African Americans in our society: a young aspiring singer shot dead by her boyfriend (the father of her child), a young man thieving to earn a living, a daughter desperately searching for the ``why'' in her mother's stabbing death. Although these experiences will be unfamiliar to many readers, Jones instills humanity in his characters and stories. He depicts people struggling to overcome adversity and survive in a dangerous world. For popular collections.-- Kimberly G. Allen, National Assn. of Home Builders Lib., Washington, D.C.

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