Master of the long short story
Ernest j. gaines must be acknowledged as one of the masters of the long short story. in bloodline he is in top form. in the few pages each story encompasses, gaines reveals a world many of us have never seen--the world of poor black people only a few decades ago. his characters are realistic, deftly drawn, and full of surprising depth. his language is the language of the people, and it rings true. if you don't read anything else this year, read "bloodline" and "a long day in november" from this collection.