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Skyline: Tales of Manhattan Paperback – November 10, 2015
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About the Author
William Ivor Fowkes is a playwright and author based in Manhattan and Connecticut. His short fiction has been published in many literary journals. His plays have been presented in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Several have been published. His full-length plays include ALL IN THE FACULTY (Dramatists Play Service), COUPLE OF THE CENTURY (Yes Plays), SUNSHINE QUEST (Fresh Fruit Festival), THE BEST PLACE WE’VE EVER LIVED (Love Creek Productions), THE GERMAN LESSON (Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlab), PRIVATE PROPERTY (Penobscot Theatre Company), and others. His short plays include MISS PEDDY & GRACE (Gallery Players), THE BRAZILIAN DILEMMA (The Collective: NY; First Prize, McLean Drama Company), THE NEXT MOVE (Winner, One-Act Play Competition, Brevard Little Theatre), THE DAKOTA (Best Short Play Award, Downtown Urban Theater Festival), THE SESSION (Finalist, Strawberry One-Act Festival; nominated for a Pushcart Prize), and others. He is a graduate of Yale University (BA, magna cum laude) and Northwestern University (MA, PhD) and a member of the Pulse Ensemble Theatre Playwrights’ Lab in New York, the River Writers of Manhattan, and the Dramatists Guild. He was formerly a philosophy professor and a marketing executive at SHOWTIME. He is married to Stephen Michael Smith, a music conductor. His daughters, Laura and Julia, work in the fashion industry in New York City. www.williamfowkes.com
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The short stories are (no spoilers here) grouped under headings aligned to the various sections of Manhattan, such as Midtown, Central Park, Downtown, the Upper East Side, etc. One of the earlier stories introduces a character who later appears in subsequent stories in different locations in the book. I loved that literary technique- I wanted to know more and see what would happen to him as the plot unfolded in a later story. Other stories were written from different points of view, yet the author somehow made creative use of the text placement on the page while telling the story- a technique I have never seen before.
I loved the story "Snap" (please, Mr. Fowkes- consider a novel?)- so many other store have possibilities for extensions or novellas.
All in all, I found this anthology of short stories exciting and engaging (did I mention those adjectives?), and I look forward to hearing more from this author.
Jill K. New York, NY