Black Elvis

Black Elvis


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In this funny, touching collection about music, identity, liars, and love, Geoffrey Becker brings us into the lives of people who have come to a turning point and lets us watch as they take, however clumsily, their next steps.

In the title story, an aging black singer who performs only Elvis songs despite his classic bluesman looks has his regular spot at the local blues jam threatened by a newly arrived Asian American with the unlikely name Robert Johnson. In “Man Under,” two friends struggling to be rock musicians in Reagan-era Brooklyn find that their front door has been removed by their landlord. An aspiring writer discovers the afterlife consists of being the stand-in for a famous author on an endless book tour in “Another Coyote Story.” Lonely and adrift in Florence, Italy, a young man poses as a tour guide with an art history degree in “Know Your Saints.” And in “This Is Not a Bar,” a simple night on the town for a middle-aged guitar student and jazz buff turns into a confrontation with his past and an exploration of what is or is not real.

In his depictions of struggling performers, artists, expectant parents, travelers, con-men, temporarily employed academics, and even the recently deceased, Becker asks the question, Which are more important: the stories we tell other people or the ones we tell ourselves?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820342191
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Series: Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction Series , #31
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

GEOFFREY BECKER is the author of Black Elvis, which received the 2008 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. He is also the author of one previous collection, Dangerous Men, and the novels Hot Springs and Bluestown. E. L. Doctorow selected "Black Elvis'' for The Best American Short Stories 2000. Becker is a professor of English at Towson University.

Table of Contents

Black Elvis
Know Your Saints
Cowboy Honeymoon
This Is Not a Bar
Iowa Winter
Imaginary Tucson
Man Under
Another Coyote Story
Jimi Hendrix, Bluegrass Star
The Naked Man

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