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Right of Way

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ISBN-13: 978-0931846946
ISBN-10: 0931846943
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Life, like most of the neighborhoods we inhabit, is constantly in transition, a state of being that Wingfield captures beautifully in stories about a neighborhood shifting and slouching toward the future. --Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio

This collection of linked stories--though it describes a shared space--covers a great deal of ground... [T]he writer's ear is perfectly pitched, his eye both far-seeing and keen. --Nicholas Delbanco, Author of Spring and Fall

In graceful prose, Wingfield probes at sensitive aspects of urban life--race, class, and gentrification... He knows the subjects his stories cover, making them feel as real as the neighbor next door. --W. Ralph Eubanks, Author of Ever is a Long Time

Wingfield tells universal stories about the rich and the poor, the old and the new, about people of every race and background trying to get by in a world that's changing around them. --Jared Clark, First Person Plural

Gentrification is messy. Gentrification is divisive... Everybody in Right of Way is getting pushed out of their comfort zone. What Wingfield clarifies is how some get pushed harder than others. --Mark Athitakis, Washington City Paper

About the Author

Andrew Wingfield grew up in northern California and now lives in Alexandria, Virginia. He is on the faculty of New Century College, the integrative studies program at George Mason University. He writes and teaches to better understand how people and places shape each other. His work has appeared in "Wild Earth, The Antioch Review, Terrain, ISLE, and other magazines.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Writers' Publishing House (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931846943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931846946
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,080,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book! Right of Way is a great book of short
stories! Andrew makes you feel like you are right there
observing these individual characters as they come to life
page after page. ( Reminscent of a John Irving tale) I look
forward to more from this author.
mj
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This is a stellar collection of linked stories -- practically a novel because they all take place in the community of Cleave Springs, all in this first decade of the 21st century, but each story stands on its own. The characters, mostly working and middle class, of many ethnic backgrounds, are convincingly drawn and there's something at stake in each story. Most explore genuine tensions within families and couples, from men's and women's perspectives. The title story is especially strong. Highly recommended.
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The skillfully written "Right of Way" by Andrew Wingfield comes with a bit of a pedigree. It won the Washington Writers' Publishing House prize for best fiction. There are eight stories in the collection that loosely chronicle the lives of neighbors in an old neighborhood (part of Alexandria, Virginia) that is undergoing a long gentrification process, including an inevitable change in demographics. Within that context, author Wingfield has created some wonderful characters who are in daily struggle to overcome their personal hangups and baggage, tragic family histories and relationships, and difficult financial situations. My favorite of these insightful and engaging tales is "Heirlooms" that most directly speaks to the process of neighborhood change and completes a circle for the two principal characters of the story. I have to admit that I was won over by its more obvious message of hope and redemption. But all of these stories are well-crafted and entertaining.
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Andrew Wingfield's Right of Way is linked; in his case, what binds the stories together is not a fictional character but a fictional neighborhood called Cleave Springs. On the outskirts of Washington, DC, Cleave Springs is home to a diverse and changing population, a place where class and race drive interactions, conflict, and change for the characters of this open-hearted, clear-eyed collection. From a distance, these characters are gentrifiers and neighborhood people, and up close, in the hands of this sharp and compelling author, they're all people just trying to get by, all just people trying to find home.
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