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Among Prisoners

Among Prisoners

February 2000
Trade Paperback · 224 Pages
$14.95 U.S. · $18.00 CAN
ISBN 9781566890892
Coffee House Press

 

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Description

In this searing new collection of stories by the acclaimed author of The Cockfighter, Frank Manley continues his deft exploration of the underside of the American experience. Manley presents a cultural snapshot that is poignant, ironic, and ultimately riveting, as he examines the bleak landscape of racial prejudice and fear that isolates people from one another and lies at the heart of their own loneliness. In "Mister Butterfly" an aging prison guard, imprisoned by blind rage and disappointment, marries Asian mail-order brides and, after disposing of them, complains of being lonely and lost. In "The Housekeeper" a fifty-year-old widow falls in love for the first time with the priest who employs her. In "The Indian Way" a white man criticizes Native Americans for having lost what he calls "the Way," meaning their traditional culture, only to realize at the end that he has lost the Way himself. Manley's stories are set in the South as he explores an aspect of the American psyche that spans geographic and economic divisions. Manley's contemporary characters are prisoners of their own view of the world and their own beliefs and prejudices about those who are different from them.

Frank Manley is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Renaissance Literature and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His book Resultances won the Devins Award for Poetry, and his play "Two Masters" starred Kathy Bates and co-won the Great American New Play Contest at the Humana Festival. He is the author of a previous collection of stories called Within the Ribbons. His work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Sewanee Review, The Southern Review, andThe Best of a Decade: New Stories from the South.