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New Jersey Noir by Joyce Carol Oates
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New Jersey Noir

by Joyce Carol Oates (Editor), Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction)

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Overall quite unremarkable, with rather disappointing poetry and stories that only achieved importance through an upsettingly humanistic bleakness. Some of the stories held promise - "The Enigma of Grover's Mill", by Bradford Morrow, with an interesting take on insanity and Orson Wells' broadcast of "The War of the Worlds", or Jonathan Safran Foer's "Too Near Real", which contained the brilliant line "We are happy with the fake, and happy with the real, but the near real - the too near real - unnerves us." - but for the most part, none of them lived up to their potential, either feeling stretched thin or merely incomplete.

The sole exception, and indeed the sole reason to read any part of this volume, was the brilliant "New Day Newark" by S.J. Rozan, which features the trope of an awesome little old lady taking matters into her own hands, and using a sharp tongue and clever wit to engineer the fall of two drug gangs who threaten her neighborhood. Incidentally, that's on pages 61-75; go find it in the library, read that story, and put it back on the shelf. ( )
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Contents: Part I: Inner-City New Jersey.
Live for Today (University Heights, Newark) / by S.A. Solomon --
Soul Anatomy (Whitman Park, Camden) / by Lou Manfredo --
New Day Newark (Central Ward, Newark) / by S.J. Rozan --
Newark Black: 1940-1954 (Vailsburg, Newark) / by C.K. Williams

Part II: Romance & Nostalgia.
Lola (Hoboken) / by Jonathan Santlofer --
The Enigma of Grover’s Mill (Grover’s Mill) / by Bradford Morrow --
Broken Glass (Mickle Street, Camden) / by Gerald Stern --
Wunderlich (Montclair) / by Sheila Kohler --
Atlantis (Atlantic City) / by Richard Burgin --
August: Feeding Frenzy (Jersey Shore) / by Alicia Ostriker

Part III: Commerce & Retribution.
A Bag for Nicholas (Jersey City) / by Hirsh Sawhney --
Glass Eels” by Jeffrey Ford (Dividing Creek) --
Meadowlands Spike (Rutherford) / by Barry N. Malzberg & Bill Pronzini --
Kettle Run (Cherry Hill) / by Robert Arellano --
Noir, NJ (Paramus) / by Paul Muldoon

Part IV: Garden State Underground.
Too Near Real (Princeton) / by Jonathan Safran Foer --
Excavation (Asbury Park) / by Edmund White & Michael Carroll --
Long Branch Underground (Long Branch) / by Robert Pinsky --
Run Kiss Daddy (Kittatinny Mountains) / by Joyce Carol Oates
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Presents a collection of short mystery stories set in the state of New Jersey by such authors as Bradford Morrow, Sheila Kohler, Richard Burgin, and Alicia Ostriker.

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