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Squabble by John Holman

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A debut collection of 11 stories--slender, understated, sometimes anorexic--deals with the conflicts experienced by southern black people. Of mixed class and education, they're characters who share an ability to find humor in a variety of trying situations. 


“Clear images, brilliantly concise writing, and hidden metaphors speak well for Holman.... In many ways the work is reminiscent of Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.”

The Tampa Tribune

“Holman’s fiction is a must-read.... Employs the consciousness of a keenly observant man who reveals the complexities of the black experience and demonstrates fluent language in a rich and imagistic read.”

The Independent (London)

“Virtually every page carries some variation on the top-of-the-Ferris-wheel feeling a kid gets.... In Holman’s sublimely nuanced world, anticipation is everything.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 


John Holman is the author of Squabble and Other Stories and Luminous Mysteries, a novel. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Oxford American, Mississippi Review, Fiction, Terminus, and other journals. He graduated from North Carolina Central University with an M.A. and from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Ph.D. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Georgia State University at Atlanta and lives in Decatur, GA.