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Twenty Grand: A Love Story Paperback – April 3, 2015
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About the Author
Austin McLellan has published fiction at Akashicbooks.com, and in the Bangalore Review, Stepaway Magazine, the Monarch Review, and In Recovery Magazine. His drama "King Henry, Mayor" was a finalist in the 2014 Tennessee Williams Play Contest. As an expert on healthcare technology and privacy, he has contributed articles to Memphis and Nashville newspapers, as well as national healthcare periodicals. In a previous life, Austin taught English and writing at universities in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He has also operated an art gallery, developed software, and acted in a Shakespeare play. Today, Austin lives in Memphis, Tennessee, where he develops real estate in the inner city, and writes. He has a BA, Philosophy from Rhodes College; an MA in Literature from the University of Memphis. More at www.austinmclellan.com
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McLellan has also written one of the most honest portraits I've ever read of how race permeates every facet of Memphis society and nearly every relationship. Too many authors these days either just ignore race, or it is simplified into a good vs evil issue, but that unfortunately dishonorable those both black and white who struggled to invoke real change. Race in Memphis is an essential part of the history, culture, music, and politics of the city, for good and bad, divisive and synergistic. Twenty Grand is not a novel about race, it is not a sociological composition, nor social commentary, nor a contemporary screed: McLellan brilliantly threads it into his story as it exists in a place like Memphis; it just is.
These days we don't see many stories about a sum so small; it's always million dollar capers. McLellan crafts a thrilling story around this sum because he is able to sculpt his characters, all of them somehow flawed, and breathe life into their desperate situations as they maneuvers through the most desperate section of a desperate city. At times the direness is so real that it becomes uncomfortable; but it's not done through trickery but skillful writing and wordcraft that is rare these days.
I hope McLellan has some more stories to share with us. This is a great read, and I highly recommend it.