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'Bluff City Pawn' By Stephen Schottenfeld

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  Huddy Marr, the proprietor of Bluff City Pawn shop in Memphis, is good at what he does: he knows jewelry, he knows guns and guitars. But the neighborhood is changing: A blood bank is set to open across the street from the retail space he leases from his brother Joe, and Huddy wants to move to a less seedy part of town. A pawn shop should stay right on the edge of seedy.

Stephen Schottenfeld’s first novel is a depiction of a city, a business, and a family. Schottenfeld is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has received special mention in both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies. He teaches English at the University of Rochester.

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.
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