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“The Graybar Hotel”: Writer serving life sentence offers short stories from behind bars”

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Can loneliness and boredom cause delusion? In “A Human Number,” an unnamed inmate in the county jail is so bored and lonely that he uses the jail’s automated phone system to make calls to strangers. Not everyone would know someone with this prisoner’s name, but everyone knows a “me,” so he records his name as “Heyitsme.” He discovers that retired men are the most willing to accept the charges and talk; they’re followed by elderly widows and former inmates.

You can read my review of The Graybar Hotel in July 2, 2017, edition of The Houston Chronicleby clicking the image below.

The graybar Hotel

You can buy The Graybar Hotel at Barnes & Noble.

Written by Joe Peschel

July 2nd, 2017 at 10:43 pm