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One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist

Stories

Dustin M. Hoffman

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 09/2016
Pages: 192
Subject: Fiction
eBook ISBN: 9780803288966

DESCRIPTION

Rare voices in fiction, the lives of the working class consume this collection. Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist brings to life the narratives of midwestern blue-collar workers. In these sixteen stories, author Dustin M. Hoffman invites readers to peek behind the curtain of the invisible-but-ever-present "working stiff" as he reveals their lives in full complexity, offering their gruff voices—so often ignored—without censorship.   The characters at the heart of these stories work with their hands. They strive to escape invisibility. They hunt the ghost of recognition. They are painters, drywall finishers, carpenters, roofers, oil refinery inspectors, and hardscapers, all aching to survive the workday. They are air force firemen, snake salesmen, can pickers, ice-cream truck drivers, and Jamaican tour guides, seething forth from behind the scenes. They are the underemployed laborers, the homeless, the retired, the fired, the children born to break their backs. One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist initiates readers into the secret nightmares and surprising beauty and complexity of a sweat-stained, blue-collar world.    

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dustin M. Hoffman painted houses in Michigan for ten years and is now an assistant professor of English at Winthrop University in South Carolina. His short fiction has appeared in many magazines, including Threepenny Review, Black Warrior Review, Puerto del Sol, Midwestern Gothic, and Cimarron Review, and his story "Building Walls" received a Pushcart Prize special mention.    

REVIEWS

"Who would have thought that stories about work could contain such magic, such music, such imaginative universality, so many desperadoes who cling to their jobs as madly as winos to their bottles? Dustin M. Hoffman has made a dazzling debut."—Jaimy Gordon, author of the National Book Award–winning Lord of Misrule  

"Heartfelt and humorous and always keen to the ways our working lives serve to reveal our more personal hopes and dreams. I won't soon forget these stories, which thrilled and moved me page after page."—Matt Bell, author of Scrapper   

"Utterly unique and so very important."—Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time and Knockemstiff

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