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Loisaida -- A New York Story [Kindle Edition]

Marion Stein
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"I think I should have been listening to Lou Reed whilst reading it."
                                                                  --  Jack, Goodreads Review

The core of this gritty, only in New York-story was inspired by real
events - a beautiful, aspiring dancer slain. The psychotic roommate has
confessed, but a dilettante actor-turned-journalist thinks there's more
to it and investigates. Soon one of his sources mentions he might have
better luck gaining trust if he'd shoot dope.


Welcome to New York's East Village, aka Loisaida, circa 1988.
Meet your neighbors - artists, dreamers, hustlers, devil worshipers,
anarchists, junkies and yuppies - all competing for breathing space in a
city without air. It's the era of greed, when the poor are objects of
scorn not sympathy, and the gentrifiers view themselves as urban
pioneers. This is a story about sex and drugs and real estate. This is a
story about a murder...


Word Count: 101k
Genre: Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Neo-noir Literary Thriller

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Product Details

  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Caradeloca Press (July 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VYC7N0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,332 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing character development January 14, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic in the making April 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Diamond In the Rough March 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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 6 people found the following review helpful
By Alina
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NYC the hard way. July 23, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
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 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing February 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I actually deleted this off my kindle after the first few chapters because I found it so upsetting to read. But I later came back to it after running out of things to read. Not to be a spoiler but the book comes together in more ways than one as it progresses. Recommend.

Doug Bremner, author of The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The author's nephew gifted me this book. What a good gift!!! I was pleasantly surprised - a good depressing read - my favorite reading. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Suncoast
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story desperately in search of an editor
I really enjoyed this, especially since I lived in the neighborhood during this time period. Its depiction is spot on in so many ways.

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Published 11 months ago by Geekspice
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, absorbing, sticks to your bones
I am surprised that this book has not garnered more attention.

I don't remember how I came across this book on Amazon but I recall that the cover caught my eye. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S.A.. York
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant piece of work...
Loisaida...lower east sider, the way some residents pronounce it, is a knockout of a book. Marion Stein can write. Read more
Published 13 months ago by NyiNya
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful & unique read
I finished reading Loisaida -- A New York Story a few weeks back. Even though this book takes place prior to 9/11 I still found myself thinking about 9/11 while reading the story... Read more
Published on September 13, 2011 by Char's Horror Corner
5.0 out of 5 stars New York Times Best Seller List Material
The author's exemplary writing ability is evident in "Loisaida - A New York Story". I purchased and read this book a year ago and loved the story so much that I recently reread it. Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by Vicky Gallas
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo!
Loisaida takes us to New York's Lower East Side in the late 1980s. It is in essence a murder mystery (based on a real-life murder), but there's so much more to it than that. Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by MoonMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loisaida Review
A great book - and I don't mean a great, self-published cheap Kindle book, I mean a great book full-stop. Read more
Published on July 13, 2011 by J. Everington
2.0 out of 5 stars i do not understand the rave reviews
i was very excited to read this book after reading the wonderful reviews. i do not understand them at all. i guess if you like drugs and to read about sex its a great book. Read more
Published on June 6, 2011 by BONFOGLIO
5.0 out of 5 stars Loisaida
"Loisaida" can be viewed two ways. As a work of literary or general fiction, which was the authors intent, or as a mystery. Read more
Published on May 27, 2011 by BigAl
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More About the Author

Marion Stein is a New York based writer and blogger. A graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, her first published short story appeared in Gordon Lish's literary magazine, The Quarterly.

She has three works available on Amazon.

Her full length novel, Loisaida -- A New York Story, is a gritty tale 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, Marion's newest 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)

You can read Marion's television recaps over at http://www.happynicetimepeople.com. Her personal blog, http://www.marionstein.net, is an eclectic mix of critique, true stories, humor, politics, home improvement, opera reviews, tips for tourists, etc. etc. Comments are welcome!

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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