Hallelujah Station and Other Stories

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Autumn House Press
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5.1 X 7.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author
M. Randal O'Wain is the author of Meander Belt: Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working Class South. He is assistant teaching professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing fellow at the Alderson Federal Correctional Institution. His work has been published in Oxford American, The Masters Review, Crazyhorse, Zone 3, and Guernica Magazine.
"Played out across a range of Southern urban settings from Memphis to Asheville, the stories feature a cast of modern misfits encompassing diverse voices. . . . Queer, Black, adolescent, and disabled characters shine with discomfiting rigor, demanding purpose if not freedom from their circumstances. . . .From start to finish, the characters of Hallelujah Station and Other Stories grapple with overwhelming circumstances, refusing to let go. Like Jacob with the Angel, some emerge from their struggles victorious, some wandering, and, all of them, changed."-- "Southern Review of Books"
"Impressive . . . . there's something disarming about Hallelujah Station. O'Wain's writing is energised and confident without tipping into sententiousness."-- "Literary Review"
"O'Wain has beautifully carved out his own space to explore lives we've pushed to the margins. There's suffering aplenty, but there are also dashes of art -- poets, Dutch Masters, David Lynch -- to leaven the pain. . . . O'Wain strikes me as a writer on the move, increasingly assured of his talent and slant mode of storytelling, firing off gorgeous sentence after gorgeous sentence. The South is quickening with fresh literary blood, shifting toward an emerging generation. M. Randal O'Wain leads the charge, invigorating our tradition and carrying it forward."-- "Chapter 16"
"O'Wain's hapless characters seems to make bad situations worse, even if their intentions are noble, or at least vaguely innocent. That makes Hallelujah Station a really entertaining book, meeting these characters, becoming invested in their seedy worlds, then seeing them define what it is to genuinely screw up. This book is a lot of fun, but is gritty and sad at the same time."-- "Story366"
"The characters in O'Wain's collection are definitely Americans. Everyone has an angle of some kind. . . . The characters in the most danger in Hallelujah Station are the ones who don't know exactly what they need. Many of them are stuck in a bad spot."-- "Pittsburgh Quarterly"
"What I admire about the stories in this collection is the way O'Wain writes about love--all kinds of love, between all kinds of people. He knows so much about the wear and tear the heart endures. These tales are riveting, and some of them are dark and sad, but in the end, there's always a light to follow. O'Wain is an honest writer. He tells the truth."
--Daniel Wallace, author of "Big Fish"
"O'Wain triumphantly brings salvation to the wrong side of the tracks. These stories of outsiders and addicts are thick with difficulty and everyday struggles, but with O'Wain, they transcend. Written with acute awareness and generosity, Hallelujah Station delivers a needed message for our times: every rotten, ruined, worthless thing still shines with light."--Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, author of "Sleepovers"
"Hallelujah Station introduces us to a world populated by indelible misfits, rendered through O'Wain's piercing talent. Every story in this collection is frenetic, big-hearted, and ferocious."--Juliet Escoria, author of "Juliet the Maniac"