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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Red Lemonade (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193586906X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935869061
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After reading Kio Stark’s Follow Me Down, a distant, half melancholic feeling lingers, a question unanswered that beats in the back of the head for days. Stark's evocative writing is terse, tough, poetic, and at times profound.—Shannon Burke, author of Black Flies

Kio Stark reads people and their streets the way an animal reads the forest. For her, precision and heartbreak are two sides of the same coin. And she spends language carefully, as if she kept it in a coffee can—she makes it last.—Luc Sante

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It begins with an envelope. Twenty years old, maybe more, with the dust of the dead-letter office still clinging to the stained, fraying paper. It arrives in the mailbox of Lucy — a proofreader and sometimes-photographer haunted by the face of a brother she left behind — with the address of a vacant neighborhood lot barely legible on the front. Inside she finds only a photograph of a man she does not recognize, but whose face captivates her instantly. She hunts for him, feeling for blind answers in the boroughs of her soul and city. The details of her world — of a neighborhood decaying and maimed in daylight, yet pulsing with some hidden life in dark; the shaded, shifting menace of shadow on the night sidewalk — blur together through the fogged lens of her plastic camera, and the casual banter of summer afternoons evaporates into the hiss of something missing, something lost and formless that she must return.

The picture ultimately leads Lucy across the darkened city, from the canal slicing through her neighborhood over the rivers at the city limits, its mystery resolving into vivid, caustic focus in the book’s concluding scenes. Follow Me Down owns moments both wondrous in their sympathy and wild in their desolation, as Stark culls from the crumbling city setting characters mercurial and impassable, joyous and redemptive.

More About the Author

Kio Stark's most recent book is Don't Go Back to School: A handbook for learning almost anything. It's a practical guide with concrete strategies, inspiring stories from learners, and how-to advice on things like getting started, staying motivated, and getting jobs without traditional credentials. She is the author of the novel Follow Me Down, studies and writes about the way humans relate to technology, and teaches geeks about ideas at NYU's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program. She coordinates the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Learning initiative, and is a passionate activist for independent learning.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Pettis on June 17, 2011
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Kio Stark has a way with words that I have never seen before. I usually scan and speed-read books. Kio uses phrases that slowed me down and often stopped me and enticed me to reread a section. Some of her writing made me laugh out loud! She intrigued me with her point of view, especially her descriptions of interactions with people of the big city streets! If you like excellent writing and interesting characters, I think you will like Follow Me Down.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Antigone D. Kostas on June 6, 2011
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Stark writes with an eye of someone who lives the city alone and catches it all. Resonating. A very good read. I could not put it down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dustyn Roberts on October 24, 2011
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I rarely read fiction but after hearing about this book from a friend I picked it up, and I am happy I did. I happen to live near the neighborhood that inspired some of the scenes in this book, and as a New Yorker for the past 7 years I found Kio's descriptions of the scenery fresh and full of wonder - a beautiful backdrop for the plot of her story. Months after reading it I still look at every lamp post, abandoned lot, and condemned building I pass with a renewed sense of curiosity. Follow Me Down will capture your imagination from beginning to end, and feed every "but what if I..." thought you've probably had, from breaking into fenced off properties to opening someone else's mail. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.
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