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Kaylie Jones

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April 30 2012 Akashic Noir
“The Shiny Car in the Night” by Nick Mamatas has been selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories 2013, edited by Otto Penzler and Lisa Scottoline

"There is plenty of mayhem for fans of dark fiction in the pages of Long Island Noir: shootings, killings, all manner of brutality...Suburbia may be even meaner than the big city."
--The New York Times

"Akashic’s Long Island volume in its regional noir series offers an eclectic and effective mix of seasoned pros (Reed Farrel Coleman, Tim McLoughlin, Sarah Weinman) and new voices (Qanta Ahmed, JZ Holden, Amani Scipio). The 17 contributors portray a wonderful diversity of people driven to extremes . . ."
--Publishers Weekly

Original stories by: Jules Feiffer, Matthew McGevna, Nick Mamatas, Kaylie Jones, Qanta Ahmed, Charles Salzberg, Reed Farrel Coleman, Tim McLoughlin, Sarah Weinman, JZ Holden, Richie Narvaez, Sheila Kohler, Jane Ciabattari, Steven Wishnia, Kenneth Wishnia, Amani Scipio, and Tim Tomlinson.

Kaylie Jones moved to Sagaponack, New York, in 1975, where her family continued to live for more than thirty years. She is the author of five novels, including A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries and the memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me. She teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton and in the Wilkes University low-residency MFA program in professional writing.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Akashic Books (April 30 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161775062X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617750625
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13 x 20.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,222,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kaylie Jones: Kaylie Jones moved to Sagaponack in 1975, where her family continued to live for more than thirty years. She is the author of five novels, including A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, and the memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me. She teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton, and in the Wilkes University low-residency MFA program in professional writing.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection May 29 2012
By JPenz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
In the intro Kaylie Jones writes, "The American dream of suburban bliss has never died, only grown more desperate, more materialistic, and less romantic..." The idea of Noir colliding with the supercilious progression of suburbia piqued my interest and I was not disappointed. These emotionally lost souls lead us through the terror that rattles us all whether we have a lawn to cut or not.

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. It's a unique collection in the sense that the authors (17 in all) are so different in style and voice that each story feels fresh and rewarding with an independent purpose, yet, creates unity using the noir genre. These characters are desperate and lost, but each author chooses to show it in his or her own way, which adds to the richness of the book as it moves from, subtle and literary to genre bent and fast paced. Since the stories are so different in style, you might not like every single one, but it's definitely worth the read to discover which ones you do like. I guarantee those stories will stay with you long after you close the book.

I haven't read any of the other Noir collections, but after reading LONG ISLAND NOIR I'm begging to see what the other locations have to offer. This is a strong collection and I can only imagine how much more I would have enjoyed it if I'd ever actually been to Long Island. This is a must read for any fan of short fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Beach Read! May 25 2012
By Kathleen A. Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
I had the pleasure of reading each story in this collection, the latest release in the AKASHIC BOOKS Noir series, to write a review for CriminalElement.com. Instead of rewriting the review, which touches upon each of the stories, I'm including a link:[...]. Kaylie Jones does a fine job in her dual role as Editor and Contributor ("Home Invasion"). The volume features stories from seasoned and emerging writers, including several award-winning authors.

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).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. McGevna is an artist writer Feb. 13 2013
By Kimberly Meyer Curran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A great collection. Matthew McGevna is a highlight of this book. I look forward to his future writings. He is very talented.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark short stories! Oct. 12 2012
By MIKEM - Published on Amazon.com
The latest in Akashic Books "Noir" series, this is a collection of short stories set on Long Island. As the name implies, each story is about crime and/or some other dark theme. The quality of the stories vary, but all of them are pretty good. Each is set in a different Long Island town, and they do serve to point out that Long Island, like other areas of the country, is a mixture of rich and poor, different ethnic groups, and subject to all the pains and pangs of humanity. Recommended for those who like short fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The dark side of suburbia July 8 2012
By Laurie A. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
This collection of short stories- one volume of a series of 'noir' books set in various locations- illustrates the dark side of Long Island. Usually thought of as boring suburbia, the area proves to be anything but in these tales of people in bad situations. Poverty, alcoholism, drugs, prejudice, spousal abuse, rape, revenge, murder; these are no pretty fantasy stories but grim reminders of what goes on all the time, most of it under the radar.

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.

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