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The Graybar Hotel

The Graybar Hotel

Author: Curtis Dawkins
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Description

The Graybar Hotel offers a glimpse into


the reality of prison life through the eyes


of the people who spend their days behind


bars. A man sits collect-calling strangers


just to hear the sounds of the outside


world; an inmate recalls his descent into


addiction as his prison softball team gears


up for a tournament; a prisoner is released


and finds freedom more complex than he


expected. This gritty, unflinching and deeply


moving story collection gives voice to the


experience of perhaps the most overlooked


members of our society.


Curtis Dawkins is an MFA graduate and


convicted murderer currently serving life


without parole in Michigan's prison system

Reviews

The stories in The Graybar Hotel are astonishing, clever and true. It's the best collection I've read in a long, long time -- Roddy Doyle, author of the Booker Prize-winning PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA Rarely have I read a book that takes you so vividly into a hinterland at once hellish and humane, brutal and tender. A literary testament to the indomitability of the human spirit and the primacy of the creative act -- John Niven, author of STRAIGHT WHITE MALE The voice of a man who understands, deeply and instinctively, that, at root, the narrative art is a yearning for contact and, in these stories, what a hilarious, moving, heartbreaking, absurd, and ultimately affirmative endeavour that is proven to be. Stunning -- Niall Griffiths, author of GRITS Unlike any other short story collection I've ever read. The Graybar Hotel is not a 'prison-book.' It is a mirror, held up to our culture of incarceration ... There is a current of electricity running through this book, a shocking voltage of truth. What an authentic and rare book The Graybar Hotel is -- Nickolas Butler, internationally bestselling author of SHOTGUN LOVESONGS Curtis Dawkins writes, "Once you become a number, all you are is the words you use. If your words aren't real, then neither are you." It's a serious, demanding standard that Dawkins sets for his writing ... The words and the writer are real indeed, as is the unforgettable experience of reading this book -- Stuart Dybek, author of I SAILED WITH MAGELLAN In The Graybar Hotel, Curtis Dawkins brings the contemporary short story at its best into the shadowy world of America at its worst, behind the bars of its overpopulated and ubiquitous prisons -- Jaimy Gordon, author of the National Book Award-winning novel LORD OF MISRULE

Author description

Curtis Dawkins grew up in rural Illinois and earned an MFA in fiction writing at Western Michigan University. He has struggled with alcohol and substance abuse through most of his life and, during a botched robbery, killed a man on Halloween 2004. Since late 2005, he's been serving a life sentence, with no possibility of parole, in various prisons throughout Michigan. He has three children with his partner, Kim, who is a writing professor living in Portland, Oregon.

Stock Information

General Fields

  • : 9781786891112
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : June 2017
  • : 214mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : May 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 224
  • : Curtis Dawkins
  • : Hardcover
  • : Main
  • : English
  • : 813