Synopsis

“…full-bodied characters deserving of the rich emotional impact they evoke.” 
—Jill McCorkle, New York Times Book Review

The characters in No Marble Angels struggle to close the distances between each other. Distances of race, sex, age. In their struggle they are often funny and poignant and surprised as they uncover in one another a mirror of themselves.

Many of these stories focus on encounters between blacks and whites; some are set in the American South during the civil rights era. The stories also focus on young people facing the deaths of those who have ordered their world.

In “Sissy Mamma’s Wig”, a fat black boy seeks revenge on a gossiping white neighbor only to risk losing the friend he values most.

In “Death Stalks a Building Once It Enters”, a pregnant young model, confronting the senility of her neighbor, faces her own fears of life and birth.

In “The Beginning of Violence”, a white reporter seeks to understand a black protester in a Nashville sit-in and instead contributes to a family tragedy.

“The author uncovers the vitality that imparts a glow to the most humdrum of lives…written with honesty and care and some, indeed with passion.” —Publishers Weekly