By Dustin M. Hoffman
Rare voices in fiction, the lives of the operating classification devour this assortment. Winner of the Prairie Schooner publication Prize in Fiction, One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist brings to lifestyles the narratives of midwestern blue-collar staff. In those 16 tales, writer Dustin M. Hoffman invitations readers to peek behind the scenes of the invisible-but-ever-present “working stiff” as he finds their lives in complete complexity, supplying their gruff voices—so usually ignored—without censorship.
The characters on the center of those tales paintings with their fingers. They try to flee invisibility. They hunt the ghost of popularity. they're painters, drywall finishers, carpenters, roofers, oil refinery inspectors, and hardscapers, all aching to outlive the workday. they're air strength firemen, snake salesmen, can pickers, ice-cream truck drivers, and Jamaican journey courses, seething forth from behind the curtain. they're the underemployed employees, the homeless, the retired, the fired, the kids born to wreck their backs. One-Hundred-Knuckled Fist initiates readers into the key nightmares and staggering good looks and complexity of a sweat-stained, blue-collar world.
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