A collection of short stories, followed by a long personal essay dealing with the writer's growth, including the creation of this book.
Stephen gives an overview of the book:
A little about myself
Born on the same day as Charles Bukowski, one of my favorite writers and heroes, only 39 years later, in the same City of the Angels where he was raised. Grew up in the City of Commerce, six miles outside of Los Angeles, the spires of downtown visible on smogless days.
We never saw them.
In close proximity to East Los Angeles which we were warned to stay away from, suburbs which teased us with their influence, factories and warehouses all around us which hired us, except for those of us who fled to the valley for semi-respectable clerkships or the like, pink-collar jobs offering above-average (slightly) remuneration for mildly interesting but clean work.
We were a working-class town ….
I have roots in Los Angeles but have lived all over California. Education was at California State University, Chico and Cornell. I started publishing after getting my M.F.A. In 1996, my book Elements won the Charles H. and N. Mildred Nilon Excellence in Minority Fiction...