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Meeting Across the River: Stories Inspired by the Haunting Bruce Springsteen Song Paperback – June 16, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (June 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582342830
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582342832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,174,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Hey, Eddie, can you get us a ride," starts the Bruce Springsteen song, "Meeting Across the River," from his classic 1975 album Born to Run. With its spare lyrics and the moody trumpet playing in the background, Springsteen's song tells the tale of two smalltime losers out for one last try at the brass ring, and provides the inspiration behind the 20 stories found in this imaginative and enjoyable anthology. The 16 readers assembled for this recording are as eclectic as the stories they narrate. Stefan Rudnicki, who also produced the program, brings a feeling of doomed noir to Wallace Stroby's moving "Lovers in the Cold." Maxwell Caufield does an excellent job with Paul Charles's amusing Irish story "In the Midnight Hour"; and Harlan Ellison supplies a rich, no-holds-barred reading of Peter David's inspired fantasy, "Killing Time by the River Styx," while Cara Black's "Mosquito Incense," set in Japan, is given just the right sense of melancholia by Moira Quirk. Other notable readers include John Rubinstein, Arte Johnson, Gabrielle de Cuir, Richard Brewer and a most effective Orson Scott Card, reading Jessica Kaye's "Drink to Long Life." From New Jersey to the afterlife, these are 20 rides worth taking. (Nov.)
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From Booklist

The characters in these stories inspired by Bruce Springsteen's song about a promised land, "Meeting across the River," will never grasp or even fully comprehend such a place. For them, as in the song, the promised land remains elusive. The song, of course, leaves a lot of details to the imagination, which allows the contributors to this collection to fill in the blanks. All the song reveals is some small-time hoods, a "last chance" deal that is about to go down across a river, an unnamed narrator, a guy named Eddie, and a reward of "two grand." Will girlfriend Cherry stay? It appears doubtful. On so enigmatic a foundation, 20 diverse stories have been erected, most the work of already published, if not particularly well known, writers who have put their hearts into fleshing out tales of small-time losers, petty criminals, and other assorted misfits who dare to dream of a promised land. June Sawyers
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
While I like the Boss, I'm not actually a fan, so I was somewhat reluctant when a friend recommended this collection. I can't say how delighted and surprised I was by the stories. Although all inspired by the same song, the yarns were vastly different -- some comedic, others very intense. Eddie Muller's "Last Call" and Eric Garcia's "Meeting Across The River" were particularly compelling. A quick, memorable read, heartily endorsed!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Peerbolte on December 28, 2012
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Some of these short story's were very depressing. Some were so flowery that you had to concentrate on what the author was saying.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justine King on September 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have to say - I'm a Springsteen fan to begin with, but this has to be one of the most creative ideas I've ever seen anyone come up with. To take a song by someone so loved and invite so many different creative minds to elaborate on what they believe happened - I'm in awe of you all and I'd love to read more collections like this based on other such loved songs! More please!
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