S.R.O. by Robert Deane Pharr

his powerful and heavily autobiographical novel chronicles the disconcerting initiation of a college-educated waiter and writer Sid Bailey into the teeming life of Logan, a Harlem welfare hotel. Bailey gradually sheds his straight ways as he becomes adept in the ways of a motley crew of addicts, pushers, prostitutes, winos, and unclassifiable misfits who live there – learning much about himself and the life of Harlem’s streets.

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