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Prison noir

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Noir
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Fiction Stacks
Call Number  FICTION Noir
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC PRISON
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC PRISON
Penn Hills Library Fiction PRI
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  PRI
Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic SS Prison
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Adult Fiction
Call Number  Fic SS Prison
Plum Community Library Fiction FIC PRI
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC PRI
"Reading the fifteen stories in Prison Noir is a sobering experience. Unlike most claimants to that much-abused term, this is the real thing...The power of this collection comes from the voices of these authors, voices suffused with rage ("3 Block From Hell," by Bryan K. Palmer), despair ("There Will Be Seeds for Next Year," by Zeke Caligiuri), and madness ("Shuffle," by Christopher M. Stephen)."
-- New York Times Book Review

"These are stories that resonate with authenticity and verve and pain and truth. Any collection edited by the National Book Award-winning author Oates ( them ; Blonde , Rape: A Love Story ) deserves attention, but the contributors are deft and confident, and great writers without her imprimatur....Authentic, powerful, visceral, moving, great writing."
-- Library Journal , Starred review

"A remarkable anthology of stories written by inmates of correctional institutions across America...Most importantly, this landmark volume amplifies the voices of the incarcerated."
-- Publishers Weekly , Starred review

One of BookRiot ''s Must-Read Books from Indie Presses for 2014

"I gobbled it up. The voice in each piece is authentic...A fascinating read."
-- subTerrain Magazine

"A strong compilation of prison literature, varied, well-written and not always what might be expected."
-- Reviewing the Evidence

"No matter what side of the bars you live on, Prison Noir is worth doing time with."
-- Killeen Daily Herald

"Readers will soak up every line...There is no doubt that readers from all walks of life, especially those less knowledgeable about life in prison, will appreciate Prison Noir ."
-- Killer Nashville

"This is a collection of stories that you will want to take your time with, savor, and probably reread a few times."
-- Jenn''s Review Blog

"There is an intensity and melancholy that shines through these fifteen short stories, all written by prison inmates incarcerated throughout the US, and edited by the inestimable Joyce Carol Oates."
-- A Lit Chick

"Affecting, powerfully written and arresting literature. Well worth seeking out."

Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched with the summer ''04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir . Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective geographic range of the book. This anthology, with stories set in different prisons across the US, presents an absolutely new perspective on prison literature.

From the introduction by Joyce Carol Oates:

" The blood jet is poetry --these words of Sylvia Plath have reverberated through my experience of reading and rereading the stories of Prison Noir . In this case the blood jet is prose, though sometimes poetic prose; if we go a little deeper, in some chilling instances, the blood jet is exactly that: blood . For these stories are not "literary" exercises--though some are exceptionally well-written by any formalist standards, and artfully structured as narratives; with a single exception the stories are stark, somber, emotionally driven cris de coeur...We may feel revulsion for some of the acts described in these stories, but we are likely to feel a startled, even stunned sympathy for the perpetrators. And in several stories, including even murderers'' confessions, we are likely to feel a profound and unsettling identification...There is no need for fantasy-horror in a place in which matter-of-fact horror is the norm, and mental illness is epidemic. Vividly rendered realism is the predominant literary strategy, as in a riveting documentary film."

Featuring brand-new stories by: Christopher M. Stephen, Sin Soracco, Scott Gutches, Eric Boyd, Ali F. Sareini, Stephen Geez, B.M. Dolarman, Zeke Caligiuri, Marco Verdoni, Kenneth R. Brydon, Linda Michelle Marquardt, Andre White, Timothy Pauley, Bryan K. Palmer, and William Van Poyck.
Shuffle / Christopher M. Stephen
I saw an angel / Sin Soracco
Bardos / Scott Gutches
Trap / Eric Boyd
A message in the breath of Allah / Ali F. Sareini
Tune-up / Stephen Geez
Foxhole / B.M. Dolarman
There will be seeds for next year / Zeke Caligiuri
Immigrant song / Marco Verdoni
Rat's ass / Kennethy R. Brydon
Milk and tea / Linda Michelle Marquardt
Angel eyes / Andre White
How eBay nearly killed Gary Bridgway / Timothy Pauley
3 block from hell / Bryan K. Palmer
The investigation / William Van Poyck.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "For Akashic's celebrated noir series, Oates, a veteran instructor in prison writing programs, has assembled a remarkable anthology of stories written by inmates of correctional institutions across America. Standouts include Christopher M. Stephen's "Shuffle," in which a tormented older convict must confront an enigmatic new cellmate, and Linda Michelle Marquardt's deeply unsettling "Milk and Tea," about a survivor of horrific domestic violence who finally snapped and killed her sadistic husband. In Stephen Geez's heartbreaking "Tune-Up," violence cuts short the collaboration of a group of incarcerated musicians. Andre White's "Angel Eyes" is a tour de force about a compassionate elderly convict who witnesses the dehumanization of a young inmate. The 15 selections display a wide variety of literary styles and approaches, but, as Oates suggests in her introduction, they beckon the reader to identify with the perpetrators. Most importantly, this landmark volume amplifies the voices of the incarcerated. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Series Akashic noir series.
Book 82 written by Earl Lovelace and Robert Antoni
#1 - Brooklyn noir
#2 - Brooklyn noir 2
#3 - Chicago noir
#4 - San Francisco noir
#5 - D. C. noir
#6 - Dublin noir
#7 - Manhattan noir
#8 - Baltimore noir
#9 - Twin cities noir
#10 - London noir
#11 - Miami noir
#12 - New Orleans noir
#13 - Los Angeles noir
#14 - Wall Street noir
#15 - Bronx noir
#16 - Havana noir
#17 - Detroit noir
#18 - Queens noir
#19 - Toronto noir
#20 - Las Vegas noir
#21 - Brooklyn noir 3
#22 - Trinidad noir
#23 - Manhattan noir 2
#24 - Istanbul noir
#25 - Paris noir
#26 - Rome noir
#27 - San Francisco noir 2
#28 - Seattle noir
#29 - Portland noir
#30 - Delhi noir
#31 - D. C. noir 2
#32 - Boston noir
#33 - Phoenix noir
#34 - Mexico City noir
#35 - Richmond noir
#36 - Los Angeles noir 2
#37 - Orange County noir
#38 - Indian country noir
#39 - Moscow noir
#40 - Philadelphia noir
#41 - Lone star noir
#42 - Haiti noir
#43 - Copenhagan noir
#44 - Barcelona noir
#45 - Cape Cod noir
#46 - Pittsburgh noir
#47 - San Diego noir
#48 - New Jersey noir
#49 - Mumbai noir
#50 - Long Island noir
#51 - Venice noir
#52 - Kingston noir
#53 - St. Petersburg noir
Subjects Prisoners -- Fiction.
Noir fiction, American.
Short stories.
Publisher Brooklyn, New York :2014
Contributors Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- editor.
Language English
Description 254 pages : map ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781617752384 (hardcover)
161775238X (hardcover)
9781617752391 (paperback)
1617752398 (paperback)
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