- Downtown Atlanta
has gone through several transformations since General Sherman brought
his fashion of urban renewal there. James Gallant has captured a modern
neighborhood in change as elderly whites live next to crack dealers,
prostitutes, gays, and middle-class families restoring these classic
- The Big Bust at
Tyrone's Rooming House is a collection of character sketches that
fit together as a novel of the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta. The
narrator of the novel is a young, white writer who is restoring the
house as his wife teaches at Georgia State University. He is actively
involved in the community as he writes his observations of their life.
The telling blends humor and social awareness with a sweet sadness of
their circumstances. Even though neighbors are often at odds, they still
join together to help each other.
Gallant captures the language, temperament
and physical decay of inner cities. Through the compassionate eyes of his
narrator, he shows a community of mix class and race that works.
James Gallant's stories and essays have
appeared in national magazines, including: The Georgia Review,
North American Review, Exquisite Corpse, Raritan,
Massachusetts Review, StoryQuarterly.
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