“…Cherry uses clean, surgical prose to create masculine fictions that are neither sexist nor homophobic nor overbearingly strident…transparent instances of Cherry's skill in dealing with class and gender, desire and yearning, race and homophobia, tolerance and hypocrisy—all of these being plagues in the twenty-first century American and Western mindscapes...
Dr. Jerry A. Ward, Jr.
"This is art the way it’s supposed to be. These stories are leavened with a wisdom that makes literature the power that it is and its characters will haunt both the culture and your imagination. Cherry is a master of the word, providing light in darkness, dropping knowledge and taking no prisoners."
Another Good Loving Blues
Fiction. African American Studies. 2nd Edition.
In fluid prose, the stories in this remarkably mature collection chronicle an African American experience in the New South that is both rich and complex. Oftentimes, James Cherry's characters deal with the tragic and crippling—still there is humanity in the way he navigates each story plot without agenda or apology. Imbued with the complexities of the vernacular tradition, STILL A MAN is a beautiful exposition on what it means to be Black, Southern and Human. It is fearlessly honest while depicting economic class, violence and love in all their myriad forms.