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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date January 1, 2005
Pages 175
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780618515257
ISBN-10 0618515259
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $23.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The first story collection in more than a decade from the celebrated African-American author of Brothers and Keepers presents an array of jazzy tales that have appeared in a variety of magazines and includes 'Weight,' 'The Silence of Thelonious Monk,' and 'Who Invented the Jump Shot,' among others.
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God's Gym is the first story collection in more than a decade from one of our most celebrated American authors. A two-time winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and a finalist for the National Book Award, John Edgar Wideman is a master of the short story. He was awarded the prestigious Rea Award for accomplishment in the short story form, and these electric, mesmerizing stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Harper's Magazine, GQ, Playboy, Esquire, Callalloo, and Fiction, as well as in The Best American Short Stories.
God's Gym features stories that explore issues of strength and faith, fate and belief. In the first story, Wideman writes, "My mother believes in a god whose goodness would not permit him to inflict more troubles than a person can handle. A god of mercy and salvation. A sweaty, bleeding god presiding over a fitness class in which his chosen few punish their muscles. She should wear a T-shirt: God's Gym." Here are stories that chart the thorny relationships between genders, races, and friends, stories that break the rules and expose the turning points of life for what they really are.


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Hardcover
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from Houghton Mifflin (January 1, 2005)
9780618515257 | details & prices | 175 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $23.00
About: The first story collection in more than a decade from the celebrated African-American author presents an array of jazzy tales dealing with topics such as relationships, turning points, strength, and faith.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Mariner Books (August 10, 2006)
9780618711994 | details & prices | 175 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $12.95
About: The first story collection in more than a decade from the celebrated African-American author of Brothers and Keepers presents an array of jazzy tales that have appeared in a variety of magazines and includes 'Weight,' 'The Silence of Thelonious Monk,' and 'Who Invented the Jump Shot,' among others.

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