McPherson passed away earlier this week. Go out and buy his books!
Last night I read “The Story of a Scar” by James Alan McPherson, and I have to say that it is an excellent short story. The dialogue is gripping, and the characters sympathetic. I wasn’t quite sure about the ending. Not sure how/why it tied the story together; it does so in an obvious way, but in short stories like this there is a deeper text, that I just didn’t apprehend right away. Have to think more about it. I had never heard of McPherson, even though he apparently still teaches at Iowa. So I have some more stories to look forward to. His collection, Elbow Room, won the Pulitzer prize back in 1978.