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Madison Smartt Bell

USA flag (b.1957)

Madison Smartt Bell is a critically acclaimed writer of more than a dozen novels and story collections, as well as numerous essays and reviews for publications such as Harper's and the New York Times Book Review. His books have been finalists for both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, among other honors.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Mystery
   The Washington Square Ensemble (1983)
   Waiting for the End of the World (1985)
   Straight Cut (1986)
   The Year of Silence (1987)
   Soldier's Joy (1989)
   Doctor Sleep (1991)
   Save Me, Joe Louis (1993)
   Ten Indians (1996)
   Anything Goes (2002)
   Devil's Dream (2009)
   The Color of Night (2011)
   Behind the Moon (2017)
   Zero db (1987)
   Barking Man (1990)
   Zig Zag Wanderer (2015)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Boy With a Coin (2011)
   Prey ( (2012)
Non fiction show
Madison Smartt Bell recommends
After Camus (2024)
Jay Neugeboren
"You need real courage to write Albert Camus as a fictional character. Jay Neugeboren, one of the best American writers of the 20th century and doing even better work in the 21st, has what it takes and more."
Devil Makes Three (2023)
Ben Fountain
"Devil Makes Three is a fast and riveting read, a gripping thriller braided with a couple of credible love stories. This novel will pin your ears back with some of its hard-won truths."
Skull Water (2023)
Heinz Insu Fenkl
"Skull Water is an amazingly rich mixture, and one it's difficult to classify. If, for instance, I were to think of it as a sort of autofiction, I could compare it to A Childhood - if the boy Harry Crews had needed to operate in both English and Korean and engage in all sorts of complex cultural codeswitching. But the book is also an elegantly structured, multi-stranded work of the imagination, enhanced by some little-known historical elements, and drawing on a deep well of Korean folklore - and extremely rewarding in all of its many dimensions."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Madison Smartt Bell
The Dark End of the Street (2010)
New Stories of Sex and Crime
edited by
S J Rozan and Jonathan Santlofer
New Stories from the South 2001 (2001)
The Year's Best
edited by
Shannon Ravenel
The Mammoth Book of Legal Thrillers (2001)
(The Mammoth Book of ...)
edited by
Michael Hemmingson

More anthologies 

National Book Award for Fiction Best Book nominee (1995) : All Souls' Rising
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (1996) : All Souls' Rising

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