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Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take On the Garden State Paperback – June 5, 2007

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"This collection proves that you can go home again, because when you are from New Jersey, you never really leave."
-- Mark Sceurman, Weird N.J.

"This funny, wistful, and appealingly oddball book covers more ground in New Jersey than the Turnpike. It's a fitting tribute to my beloved -- and deeply misunderstood -- home state."
-- Jancee Dunn, author of But Enough About Me...

About the Author

Irina Reyn is a fiction and nonfiction writer who divides her time between Pittsburgh and Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in anthologies and publications such as The Forward, San Francisco Chronicle, The Moscow Times, Nextbook and Post Road. Born in Moscow, Irina was raised in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (June 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743291603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743291606
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,759,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a series of short stories and most, if not all; will have autobiographical implications for those born and raised in the Garden State. Since each story has a different author, you have the experience of varying styles and perspectives.
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The book captures the gritty charm of New Jersey, from the bogs of Cranbury, to Great Adventure and the shore to the condos of Jersey City. The stories are diverse both geographically and thematically and touching. There's loss--of the family farms and innocence--and the struggle to find one's place. And there is the usual cast of characters--the Jersey Devil, parents, siblings, mobsters, and people from across Lincoln Tunnel.

I passed along my copy to another NJ ex-pat.
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The stories in this book kept me fascinated. I'm not from Jersey but reading all the flashbacks made me feel like I was right there with the story tellers. Great book. There's parts that made me laugh and at other times made me sad.
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I had heard this authors on the radio and was looking forward to reading the collection but I was somewhat disappointed in the quality of the essays.
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