'Bluff City Pawn' By Stephen Schottenfeld
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.