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Cleave Springs is a gentrifying neighborhood in the shadow of the nation’s capital.  These insightful, humane, and beautifully crafted stories introduce us to the neighborhood’s dazzling variety of characters—long-time survivors and new arrivals, preservationists and visionaries, black people and white people—as they navigate the complexities of diversity and change, and strive to realize a comforting vision of home.  Right of Way is the winner of the Washington Writers' Publishing House 2010 fiction prize.

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Life, like most of the neighborhoods we inhabit, is constantly in transition, a state of being that Andrew Wingfield captures beautifully in his stories about a neighborhood shifting and slouching toward the future. He is so good at what he does—writing intelligent linked stories that move us from the start—that it takes some thought afterwards to remember that he’s working in a tradition, from Sherwood Anderson to William Kennedy and John Edgar Wideman, in a thoroughly American vein. 

Alan Cheuse, Book Commentator, National Public Radio/ Author of To Catch the Lightning

  

This collection of linked stories—though it describes a shared space—covers a great deal of ground.  The community of Cleave Springs is a complex one, with a long history of change; Andrew Wingfield focuses, turn by turn and with laser-like precision, on members of that neighborhood and their private tales.  We learn about the poor and wealthy, young and aging, black and white.  Always the writer’s ear is perfectly pitched, always his eye both far-seeing and keen. 

Nicholas Delbanco, Robert Frost Professor of English, University of Michigan/ Author of Spring and Fall and The Count of Concord

  

In graceful and rhythmic prose, Wingfield probes at sensitive aspects of urban life--race, class, and gentrification--as well as how family, work, and home fit into the way we live now. Clearly, he knows the subjects his stories cover, making them feel as real as the long-time neighbor next door.   

W. Ralph Eubanks, Author of Ever is a Long Time and The House at the End of the Road

  

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