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Long Island Noir (Akashic Noir) Paperback – April 30, 2012
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The stories are categorized into four parts: Family Values, Hitting it Big, Love and Other Horrors, and American Dreamers. In putting this collection together Jones has done a fine job of utilizing this setting while preying on our hopes and dreams. Her own story "Home Invasion" deals with a teenage girl who turns 17 and needs to defend herself against a predator. Her father, a WWII vet, is dying and the urgency to find protection grows too real. But what is more haunting than her fear is what she actual does to show what she will do to protect herself.
Charles Salzberg intertwines a tale of the past in "A Starr Burns Bright" to showcase how we need the fascination of past mysteries to find our purpose in the present. Tim McLoughlin's "Seven Eleven" is about a gambler chasing the big win, allowing all things to be a sign to strike big, even in the midst of self destruction.
Jules Feiffer adds the element of a graphic novel in the mix with "Boob Noir". JZ Holden's "Summer Love" is a personal favorite of mine in this collection as she describes a woman lost to the control of a man, knowing it's no good for her, but not being able to stop. Sheila Kohler's "Terror" scares us with the notion of losing a child.
There are more wonderful stories by Nick Mamatas and Tim Tomlinson and others.Read more ›
For readers new to noir, one of the best descriptions of noir fiction is explained by Otto Penzler in his post: "Noir Fiction is About Losers, Not Private Eyes" [...]. My favorite part: "Pretty much everyone in a noir story (or film) is driven by greed, lust, jealousy or alienation, a path that inevitably sucks them into a downward spiral from which they cannot escape. They couldn't find the exit from their personal highway to hell if flashing neon lights pointed to a town named Hope. It is their own lack of morality that blindly drives them to ruin."
Anyone heading for the beaches this summer should get a copy of LONG ISLAND NOIR ~ a perfect beach read! Native and displaced Long Islanders will enjoy reading stories that take place in familiar locations. Thirteen stories take place in Suffolk, while four occur in Nassau (Garden City: "Anjali's America" by Dr. Qanta Ahmed; Long Beach: "A Starr Burns Bright" by Charles Salzberg; Wantagh: "Seven-Eleven" by Tim O'Loughlin; and Great Neck: "Past President" by Sarah Weinman).
Editor (and contributor) Jones has done a good job selecting the stories; they represent quite an assortment of ways people's lives can go out of control. Not all the characters are on a downward slide because of their own actions; many are in their dark situations simply by bad luck. The variety of situations keeps the book interesting- none of the 17 stories is like the others despite being on the same theme. If you like your fiction down to earth and raw, this books for you.
My favorite among the lot is Anjali's America, by Quanta Ahmed, MD. It is written with such realism that it is easy to forget you are reading fiction. If you get the book for no other reason than to read this short story, you will have invested wisely.
She tells of a young Anjali Osmaan, who is rushed to the emergency room with a complete uterine rupture. There is a frantic fight among the medical staff to save the woman's life. She hovers very close to death, and almost miraculously pulls through.
Like so many who come to the United States from a culture where women are treated as something less than full human beings, Anjali struggles to cope. The story ends well, with Anjali finally discovering her America. You have to read the story to find out how.
Other stories in the book contain very imaginative conceptual ideas. The stories are set in various Long Island communities. The tales are all based on totally different concepts. As a usual reader of non-fiction, this was off the beaten path for me. I believe that truth is usually little easier to swallow. But every one of these stories reflects what could just as easily be truth in its own way. It's a great compilation.
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The "Noir" series of books is a collection of short stories. Most are good. Some are very good.Published 11 months ago by Eddie Webster
A GREAT BOOK ABOUT LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK. I REMEMBER A LOT OF THE STORIES. LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THE ISLAND I DID NOT KNOW.Published 21 months ago by Ronald C. Seitz
A great collection. Matthew McGevna is a highlight of this book. I look forward to his future writings. He is very talented.Published on February 13, 2013 by Kim Curran
About 20 years ago I read alot of noir. Worked my way through Cornell Woolrich, some Hammet and the like. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Jody Darden
This is very interesting reading for the summertime. Considering the fact that there are 17 contributing writers, you are going to find something you like. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by James Banzer