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About the Author

Marion Stein is a New York based fiction writer and blogger.

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  • File Size: 772 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Caradeloca Press; 2 edition (July 16, 2010)
  • Publication Date: July 16, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VYC7N0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Marion Stein is a New York based writer and blogger. She received a masters in creative writing (fiction) from Sarah Lawrence College, and also has a background in social work, both of which inform her work.

You can find Marion's opinion pieces, humor, television recaps, opera reviews etcetera various places around the web, but her blog -- marionstein dot -- net would be the best place to start.

She has four works available on Amazon.

Her newest novel, Blood Diva was initially published and still listed under a pen name. Blood Diva is an ADULT vampire story set in modern day Brooklyn and inspired by the life of Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis.

Her full length novel, Loisaida -- A New York Story, is a gritty tale set of gentrification and its discontents set in New York's East Village/Lower East Side in the late 1980's, It's available in both paperback and Kindle.

The Death Trip is a novella addressing issues of assisted suicide and the corporatization of health care. (Kindle only)

Schrodinger's Telephone, a novella, explores the space between what we know to be true, and what we know to be possible. While classified as "metaphysical" fiction, it is grounded in the real world, and very much a New York tale. (Kindle only)

Marion appreciates feedback from readers. You can write to her at marion@caradelocapress.com. And nothing says thanks for a good read, like a review!

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MelindaC on January 14, 2011
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I just finished this book, having started it yesterday. As a fan of both true crime and suspense, I saw this book posted on an Amazon thread and it struck me as something right up my alley of interest. Wow. What a gritty, evocative story, written in a style every bit as good as Patricia Cornwell's or James Patterson's. Stein has created such multifaceted characters that even as you hate them, you root for them, against your better judgment. This book is a masterpiece in forcing the reader to not only accept, but understand, the grey areas in life. Amazing.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cuban Heel on April 15, 2011
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In a moment, I'm going to say a couple of things about this book that you may or may not believe. It doesn't matter. I'm going to say them anyway because I'm convinced they are true. We'll get to that though...

I initially bought this book as a present for someone else. I had no intention of reading it because I thought it was simply a bargain price thriller. Having poked around the Amazon forums for a few months, however, I started to see references to Loisaida which made me think that, actually, there was more to the book than I'd initially assumed. So eventually I gave it go. I read the first couple of chapters and thought I'd maybe misjudged as it came across as a well written, but rather straightforward crime story. However, I then hit chapter three and suddenly it opened out into this unbelievable range of voices, a cast of characters so authentic and distinct from each other that it is hard to believe they were all conceived and written by the same person. There are artisans, junkies, ex-cons, and amidst them all a TV actor trying to become a journalist and searching for his breakthrough story on the lower East side.

There are a lot of characters and you will have to make some effort in keeping up, but believe me when I say it's worth that effort. In the hands of a lesser writer the different voices would have been in danger of becoming a cacophony, but Marion Stein manages to make them harmonise, with narrative overlaps that never leave you wondering what's going on. The New York on display here is reminiscent of that of Arthur Nersesian, Jay McInerney, Hubert Selby Jr. It's rich and evocative and gripping.

Ok, here's my bombshell. I mentioned a couple of authors above.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pete Morin on March 16, 2011
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I reviewed this novel on Smashwords months ago and I can't believe it hasn't been an instant SMASH HIT here on Kindle.

This story, and Stein's telling of it, would make Jimmy Breslin feel like a has been.

I read this novel in one sitting, and lost a night's sleep in the process. It is definitely couldn't-put-it-down material that rivals most of the best-selling thrillers I've read in the past ten years.

On Kindle, it's the Buy of the Century.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alina on March 23, 2011
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What can I say. Ms. Stein's writing appears effortless. This novel is ingeniously constructed presenting different perspectives on the same events from the point of view of different characters. What flabbergasts me is that the author is able to convincingly present so many different character voices in such a believable manner that adds up to a coherent whole. It reminded me of the Australian book The Slap in its ability to depict different characters, some not particularly sympathetic, in a way that made you feel that you at least understood their lives.

The story is about a murder that occurs in a particular locale in New York (the lower East side being as strong a character in the book as any of the protagonists) and the efforts of one man to find out the truth of what occurred. This book has an almost reportage/documentary feel to it. I know that reviews comparing this author to Jimmy Breslin may sound like hyperbole but, I can assure you that the book is THAT GOOD. Buy this book before it's optioned for a movie. I think this book and author have a huge future ahead of them. It's a completely absorbing read, and, yes, I'm going to say it - it was an absolute privilege for me to read writing this good.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Soooz Burke on July 23, 2010
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This author has crafted a book. A book of 'Monologues in Motion'; she uses that phrase early on in this outstanding work, and thats exactly what it is, a tapestry of monologues cleverly interwoven, the reader is caught, trapped in highly visual characterizations.

The characters are so real, you can smell, hear, visualize and yes even taste them. You may loathe Ingrid but you want to know her. Pity Johnny, yet want him to be a winner. You can't read this if you are emotionally unavailable.

Ms Stein invites you into the Lower East Side of N.Y.C. you become a lo-i-saida. In a time when being one was not an easy thing to be.

The writers voice is compelling, the story unforgettable.

Do yourselves a favor. Buy it, own it, this one's a keeper.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BigAl on May 27, 2011
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"Loisaida" can be viewed two ways. As a work of literary or general fiction, which was the authors intent, or as a mystery.

As a work of literary or general fiction, "Loisaida" is excellent. Written from the point of view of different characters and constantly switching from one character to another is an approach that can be difficult for the reader to follow, but I didn't find this to be a problem because Stein's characters are finely drawn when first introduced. Despite having a large cast, keeping track of the current point of view and how each character connects with the others was rather easy. Although this approach is hard to execute well, Stein did just that. The characters, their stories, and the flavor of the place and time were entertaining and held my interest.

As the story progresses one person emerges as the central character. Peter, an actor turned journalist sees a possible book deal if he can uncover the full story behind the murder and dismemberment of Ingrid, an aspiring dancer. The mentally unstable suspect in custody was almost certainly involved, but rumors that indicate others were involved swirl around. The mystery of who was involved in Ingrid's murder and exactly what happened ties most of the characters together. While there are other significant plot threads, solving the murder was the most significant.

It is the mystery, central to the plot, where evaluating "Loisaida" gets tricky. Avoiding spoilers while explaining is also difficult. The book description doesn't imply you're reading a mystery. Yet, to the reader, there is a point where it will begin feeling like a mystery. How the story ends and the way the mystery is resolved may be disconcerting for some readers. It was for me. Yet, there is nothing inherently wrong with the ending.
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