Holding Pattern: Stories

Holding Pattern: Stories Jeffery Renard Allen
  • Title: Holding Pattern: Stories
  • Author: Jeffery Renard Allen
  • ISBN: 9781555975098
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • Holding Pattern: Stories Jeffery Renard Allen Holding Pattern Stories The world of Jeffery Renard Allen s stunning short story collection is a place like no other A recognizable city certainly but one in which a man might sprout wings or copper pennies might fall from
    The world of Jeffery Renard Allen s stunning short story collection is a place like no other A recognizable city, certainly, but one in which a man might sprout wings or copper pennies might fall from the skies onto your head Yet these are no fairy tales The hostility, the hurt, is all too human.The protagonists circle each other with steely determination a grandson taThe world of Jeffery Renard Allen s stunning short story collection is a place like no other A recognizable city, certainly, but one in which a man might sprout wings or copper pennies might fall from the skies onto your head Yet these are no fairy tales The hostility, the hurt, is all too human.The protagonists circle each other with steely determination a grandson taunts his grandmother, determined to expose her secret past for years, a sister tries to keep a menacing neighbor away from her brother and in the local police station, an officer and prisoner try to break each other s resolve.In all the stories, Allen calibrates the mounting tension with exquisite timing, in mesmerizing prose that has won him comparisons with Joyce and Faulkner Holding Pattern is a captivating collection by a prodigiously talented writer.
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    About Jeffery Renard Allen


    1. Jeffery Renard Allen is an Associate Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York, the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places Moyer Bell 2007 and Harbors and Spirits Moyer Bell 1999 , and of the widely celebrated and influential novel, Rails Under My Back Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000 , which won The Chicago Tribune s Heartland Prize for Fiction His other awards include a Whiting Writer s Award, The Chicago Public Library s Twenty first Century Award, a Recognition for Pioneering Achievements in Fiction from the African American Literature and Culture Association, a support grant from Creative Capital, and the 2003 Charles Angoff Award for Fiction from The Literary Review He has been a fellow at The Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, a John Farrar Fellow in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and a Walter E Dakins Fellow in Fiction at the Sewanee Writers Conference.His essays, reviews, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications, including The Chicago Tribune, Poets Writers, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, Bomb, Hambone, The Antioch Review, StoryQuarterly, African Voices, African American Review, Callaloo, Arkansas Review, Other Voices, Black Renaissance Noire, Notre Dame Review, The Literary Review, and XCP Cross Cultural Poetics His work has also appeared in several anthologies, including 110 Stories New York Writes after September 11, Rainbow Darkness An Anthology of African American Poetry, and Homeground Language for an American Landscape.Born in Chicago, Renard Allen holds a PhD in English Creative Writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago Besides teaching at Queens College including, as of fall 2007, in the college s new MFA program in creative writing , Allen is also an instructor in the graduate writing program at New School University He has also taught for Cave Canem, the Summer Literary Seminars program in St Petersburg, Russia, and Nairobi, Kenya, and in the writing program at Columbia University In addition, he is the director of the Pan African Literary Forum, a writers conference in Accra, Ghana, to be held in the summer of 2008 A resident of Far Rockaway, Queens, Allen is presently at work on the novel Song of the Shank, based on the life of Thomas Greene Wiggins, a nineteenth century African American piano virtuoso and composer who performed under the stage name Blind Tom.


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    1. Read the STOP SMILING review of Holding Pattern The stories in Jeffery Renard Allen s new collection, a followup to his acclaimed debut novel, Rails Under My Back, are self contained units, proceeding in accordance with their own inimitable logic Some establish captivating worlds haunted by the specters of poverty and delinquency, while others tailspin and end abruptly, without explanation or resolution As with the world he describes, Renard Allen s characters and plotlines frequently implode an [...]

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    2. The stories in Holding Pattern, zeroed in on the lives of African Americans in Chicago like brick city, can be enjoyed simply for their lyrical beauty and rich humanity But for readers who follow closer and probe deeper there are even greater rewards The key to the cipher is in the title itself for each story Jeffery Renard Allen fashions a delicate patchwork of leitmotifs and allusions, leaving clues to moments of strange and sudden transcendence in otherwise naturalistic writing Often breaking [...]

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    3. While I underlined a few sentences for their beauty and perspective while this book came recommended by a learned friend, I just didn t get it For those who DO get surreal or who DO enjoy Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this will be right up your reading alley My alley leads to other books, but don t let me steer you away This book comes highly recommended by established and well regarded writers I had to let go and finish trying to get it 3 stories shy of finishing.Allen has a good eye for the world ar [...]

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    4. This is a beautiful, bewildering collection of stories Allen s language is so poetic these sentences ache with their own density I want to know what these stories are about, and I keep thinking about them two weeks later But I m also happy to be left in awe, wondering what about that character, that story, that twist, rattling around in my skull like a loose ball bearing Blunt gave him a fierce cold look, eyelashes so stiff with mascara, they resembled tiny claws Bread and the Land In the green [...]

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    5. SIX WORD REVIEW Three Hatches Single moms Copper pennies.

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