Abraham Rodriguez Jr. Rozan was born and raised in the Bronx and is a lifelong. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 1st by Akashic Books first published July 31st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bronx Noir , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 30, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-mystery-thriller , short-stories , new-york , akashic-books , shelf-inflicted , library-books , award-winners.
After exploring the Akashic Books site, I learned that there are quite a few interesting international locations too. So I decided to start with the Bronx, since that was where I spent much of my childhood, and I figured this would be a great opportunity to visit the city without actually having to drive there. When I borrowed the book from the library and scanned the pages, the first thing I did was look at the author photos in the back and read their bios.
Some are well-known writers, others not so much. I was thrilled at the diversity of the authors, much like the city I grew up in. It is as grimy, unforgiving, noisy and rough as I remember it. The stories were suitably bleak and moody, just as I would expect from a noir collection. There were some really terrific stories here. Others were rather forgettable. Having only known a few Chinese people when I was living in the Bronx, I appreciated this story told from a Chinese perspective. Think twice before letting someone deliver your supper.
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It was bad enough seeing and hearing the rumbling graffiti-covered trains while I was standing out on the fire escape of the 5-story red brick walk-up on Walton Avenue I called home. This is a story about young love gone wrong and loud baseball games that cover up a multitude of sins. The fragile lives of humans and plants are put to the test. This made me sad…and cold…and sympathetic to the bad guy.
One of my favorites in this collection. Hughes A Visit to St. This is about family relationships, friendship, the mysticism of the Catholic Church, boys who find creative places to store their stash, and the girls who know their dirty secrets.
Patrick W. All in all, a very worthy collection of stories that brought back a lot of memories of my childhood in the Bronx. View all 34 comments.
Oct 05, BookOfCinz rated it liked it Shelves: reads , short-stories. As far as the Noir series go this one was very on point.
Not that I am from the Bronx but I have visited there and spent at least three nights there so I know! Honestly, this collection felt very authentic to Bronx and I loved it. Some of the stories I absolutely loved, others I didnt too care for but overall a great collection.
Side Note: Marlon James is included in this collection and of course I loved his story. May 05, Starstuck rated it really liked it. These stories are very well written. I've never been to the Bronx and didn't strongly identify with the place. There's no sense of the mercurial mind of noir that revs from 0 to 60 and then slams into a wall. Liked the story "Burn-out" about a fireman going through a divorce who becomes an insomniac.
The ending has a real twist.
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