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"A treasure . . . a gem . . . This marvelous anthology says, 'Breathe us in; let [us] make you one with the Quarter.’ -- The Clarion Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi

"A treat of a different kind . . . a labor of love and a present for the rest of us." -- Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

"Conveys the heart and soul of the Quarter; having them assembled here is a remarkable act of scholarship and love." -- Michael Feldman, host of Public Radio International's

"The colorful and eccentric residents of the Quarter swarm through these stories like fire ants. . . . Enjoy the trip." -- The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

"This book is more fun than a box of glue-huffing monkeys on St. Peter and Bourbon" -- John Goodman

"Whatever your taste in fiction, you will find a story in this book to inspire and enlighten you." -- Planet Weekly, Jackson, Mississippi

An unprecedented evocation of the haunted city responsible for America¹s Bohemian bent. Makes for a truly intoxicating experience. -- Parade Magazine

None has ever given us such an unabashed, intimate view into the mindset of Tennessee Williams in his later years. -- Alternatives

These stories are a distilled pleasure achieved through muscular and lyrical revelations. -- Yusef Komunyakaa

This book will be the first one the lit hounds pick up in search of ur-sounds. -- Where Y'at

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Two dollars from the sale of each copy of this book will be donated to KARES (The Katrina Arts Relief Emergency Support) fund.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Light Of New Orleans Publishing; 1st, No Additional Printing Listed edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971407673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971407671
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
This fiction collection is a jam session of impressions and emotions with the rhythm and mystique of the French Quarter as the background. The established authors, Ford, Gilchrist, Tennessee Williams, et.al., stories are predictably wonderful, but most interesting are the new writers, notably Jason Wiese's "The Dive", with his fresh perspective on the uniquely "light/dark" aspects of the Quarter.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Gambrill on December 28, 2003
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Tenessee Williams' previously unpublished piece, a thing of incomparable beauty, is the most harrowing autobiographical account I have ever read of him, providing unparalleled insight to his soul. Ellen Gilchrist's piece is joyful as an angel's whisper. This collection is one one to be savored time and again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Dwyer on October 20, 2006
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The array of writing styles, perspectives, insights, and entertainment make this book an absolute treasure. As an outsider looking into the ghostly history of the Crescent City, research for my book could take me only so far. Joshua Clark gathered up so much that is mystical, ethereal, and nearly transparent that would otherwise escape the notice of those of us who have limited time in New Orleans. In the aftermath of Katrina, this book becomes a greater treasure, enlivening the fadding echoes of the old neighborhoods, bars, back streets, and the lives of people we would otherwise never encounter.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. van Orman on January 2, 2004
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Reading this book is like savoring a box of very expensive chocolates. Each story is its own wonderous delight. Much like a Whitman's Sampler, there is something here for everyone. Up and coming writers like John Verlenden and Joe Longo more than hold their own alongside the great ones...and, no doubt, will join them one day soon. A perfect bedside companion...timeless and compelling.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John R Lincoln on April 15, 2003
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As an expatriate Quarterite of beau coup years duration, living there from 1964 through 1985, I found this delightful compilation to be a bit like taking a stroll through the old neighborhood. The characters spring to life fully formed in their unforgetable settings, recreating a palpable experience of all the yats and dawlins who make life in the Crescent City almost tolerable...
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