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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eric Charles May  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

May is a native Chicagoan. He grew up in the Morgan Park neighborhood.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eric Charles May is a former reporter for The Washington Post. Currently, he's an associate professor in the fiction writing program at Columbia College Chicago.


'Bedrock Faith ' Roxane Gay Top 10 Book, 2014 Booklist Top 10 First Novels, 2014 Chicago Reader Favorite Book, 2014 A Women's Book Group Discussion Selection, Women & Children First Bookstore Oprah Magazine Ten Books to Pick Up Now, April 2014 Books to Read Now, Chicago Tribune/Printers Row Notable African-American Title by Publishers Weekly Newcity Lit 50 List, 2014 'Personal/Body of Work ' 21st Century Award (for significant recent achievement in writing by a Chicago-based author), Chicago Public Library One of 25 Writers to Watch, Guild Literary Complex

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Bedrock faith
ISBN: 9781617752094. OCLC Number: 870244400

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A deeply engaging and often hilarious debut novel about a morality clash in an insular Chicago neighborhood.

Bedrock faith /
ISBN: 1617751960. OCLC Number: 833301432

Akashic Books,. .

Gerald "Stew Pot" Reeves returns to his mother's home in Chicago's Parkland neighborhood after fourteen years in prison. His return provokes fear and suspicion among the residents especially when he claims he has had a religious awakening. With his pit bull, John the Baptist, his mentor, Brother Crown, and a few others who believe in him, he sets off to change his neighborhood for the better.