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Crabcakes: A Memoir

McPherson, James Alan

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ISBN 10: 0684834650 / ISBN 13: 9780684834658
Published by Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1998
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Tan/beige binding, gilt titles. Book unread, as new with small pressure dent to front board (but not DJ). and a few pages dented at top edge. Stated first edition. Signed on title page. Also, with amusing (signed) note from McPherson laid in. 281 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 6236

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Title: Crabcakes: A Memoir

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Ediiton.

Book Type: Book

About this title


The author discusses his struggle with a series of devastating personal setbacks that kept him from writing and his current reemergence at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop


Crabcakes, James Alan McPherson's first book since his Pulitzer Prize-winning short-story collection Elbow Room, is a meditation on many topics. While McPherson figures prominently, the text is laced with recollections of other people, places, and times. Thus the story at the heart of the book--McPherson's decision to sell a Baltimore house he has owned for nearly 20 years, evicting his elderly tenant--is interwoven with reminiscences of a waiter on the Great Northern Railway, Baltimore street scenes, and a bittersweet set of instructions about what to do when stopped by police. Although it's almost impossible to characterize, Crabcakes is richly rewarding.

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