A Place between Stations
Stories by Stepanie Allen
184 pages
6 x 9

Formats available:
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ISBN: 978-0-8262-1444-7

About the Book

Selma detests my small considerations of strangers. When she catches me nodding at the panhandlers she ignores, or opening doors for women I don't know, she says nothing, but holds herself tall and aloof. She is doing it for the both of us. She is compensating for what she believes is a weakness in her husband that, even in this day and age, a black man still cannot afford. And she may be right. But at this stage of my life I feel not so much black or male, middle-aged or well-to-do or professional, as incomplete. I am son to my father, father to my boys, husband to my unhappy wife, but somehow more lost than found in the mix.

A Place between Stations explores the lives of African American characters against the ever-present backdrop of race, but with the myriad complexities of individual minds and souls in the foreground.
Two college students, bound by an intense but uneasy friendship, take an increasingly dangerous road trip through Florida. A widow faces her doubts about her long-dead husband by reliving an odd series of train rides she took along the Hudson River shoreline in the 1950s. An angry, fatherless girl roams a city at night, searching for an escape from the ambiguities of childhood. George Mattie, loner and reluctant guide, leads a misfit nineteenth-century circus caravan on an ill-fated journey through the northern Connecticut woods. In A Place between Stations, Stephanie Allen enlarges contemporary notions of what African American lives can be. Varied, to the point, and beautifully composed, this collection will appeal to all audiences.


Stephanie Allen is Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Maryland in College Park. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland. She received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2002, and was a finalist in the 2001 Associated Writing Programs Award Series in Short Fiction. She lives with her husband in Greenbelt, Maryland.


"I see threads and glimmers of almost any good writer I could name, and, of course, originality of vision, of technique, of language . . . and characters I've never before seen or even imagined. Allen's is a career I will follow with both great hope and great expectation."—Reginald McKnight


Stephanie Allen, author of A Place Between Stations, was chosen as a finalist for The Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award for Debut Fiction. This award is the first national prize presented to published writers of African descent by the national community of Black writers.


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