- Paperback: 225 pages
- Publisher: Glad Day (December 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1930180098
- ISBN-13: 978-1930180093
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,495,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Big Bust at Tyrone's Rooming House: A Novel of Atlanta Paperback – December, 2003
Gallant captures the language, temperament andphysical decay of inner cities. Through the compassionate eyes of hisnarrator, he shows a community of mixed class and race that work
--Joyce Dixon, Southern Scribe
Mr. Author isn't your stock liberal-intellectual, aging hippie who wants to save the world from"the Man." All he wants is to be compassionate to society's down-and-out and live in a safe neighborhood. In the process, Gallant gives an edgy neighborhood a human face, leaving the reader to wonder if gentrification and homogeneity might be a worse assault on the senses.
--Hal Jacobs, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
From the Back Cover
James Gallant's novel describes a situation common in older American inner-city neighborhoods of our time: the clash of incoming, house-restoring middle class people disenchanted with difficult commutes and suburban anomie; and poor--sometimes criminal--populations long entrenched in these neighborhoods. Beneath Gallant's humor is a serious concern with ambiguities in race, class relationships, and law enforcement, demonstrated in wonderfully specific tales and anecdotes.
Serious comedy is the hardest way to tell the truth. Gallant makes it easy to read.
--Mary Hood, author of Venus is Blue
James Gallant writes with humor, sympathy, and candor about what really happens in the American urban limbo of big and small-time swindlers chasing a dream. From con-artistry to lonely old ladies, conniving pimps, and chartreuse houses, Gallant's Atlanta is a complex and charming place worthy the legendary status it achieves through his magically affirmative writing.
Maxine Chernoff, author of Some of Her Friends That Year, and Selected Stories
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Characters Mike, Maggie, New York Doll, & Tyrone himself are drawn sympthetically, warts-&-all, as human beings living in an area that's slowly being 'gentrified'. Death is common, altho 1 is portrayed as a neighborhood mourning. Humor is more common; at 1 point, the author reads Juvenal's -Satires- in translation, finding Juvenal surprisingly relevant [his comments were made during/about Republcan Rome]. Literacy, a gentle spirit, and compassion lace this book, as the auhor & his professor-wife deal with the frustrations of living next to a crack house [the above-mentioned Rooming House], fighting apathetic NIMBY neighbors, hoodoo serious & otherwise, the effects of overworked/underpaid/corrupt poolice, & the general seediness of an area slowy being colonized by well-meaning upgrading gays ... who only want an area where *they* won't be excessively stigmatized.
*Highly* recommended for any1 w/a brain & a sense of humor...