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In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired…

In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward…

by Lawrence Block (Editor)

Other authors: Megan Abbott (Contributor), Jill D. Block (Contributor), Lawrence Block (Contributor), Robert Olen Butler (Contributor), Lee Child (Contributor)13 more, Nicholas Christopher (Contributor), Michael Connelly (Contributor), Jeffery Deaver (Contributor), Craig Ferguson (Contributor), Edward Hopper (Illustrator), Stephen King (Contributor), Joe R. Lansdale (Contributor), Gail Levin (Contributor), Warren Moore (Contributor), Kris Nelscott (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Jonathan Santlofer (Contributor), Justin Scott (Contributor)

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This book was outstanding! I am a fan of Lawrence Block and Edward Hopper so, naturally, I preordered this book. It was worth the wait. The stories were interesting and dealt with the subject perfectly. I read it in one night/morning! ( )
  hillcl | Mar 2, 2018 |
Neat conceptual basis, all good; some, Child, Block, Connolly, Abbott, excellent. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jan 30, 2018 |
Table of Contents:
"Foreword: Before We Begin..." by Lawrence Block
"Girlie Show" by Megan Abbott
"The Story of Caroline" by Jill D. Block
"Soir Bleu" by Robert Olen Butler
"The Truth About what Happened" by Lee Child
"Rooms By the Sea" by Nicholas Christopher
"Nighthawks" by Michael Connelly
"The Incident of 10 November" by Jeffery Deaver
"Taking Care of Business" by Craig Ferguson
"The Music Room" by Stephen King
"The Projectionist" by Joe R. Lansdale
"The Preacher Collects" by Gail Levin
"Office At Night" by Warren Moore
"The Woman In the Window" by Joyce Carol Oates
"Still Life" by Kris Nelscott
"Night Windows" by Jonathan Santlofer
"A Woman In the Sun" by Justin Scott
"Autumn At the Automat" by Lawrence Block
  lulaa | Dec 26, 2017 |
As a writer, Lawrence Block produced something to be proud of with this collection. The premise was to let mystery and thriller writers compose stories inspired by Edward Hopper paintings. Block lured several big names into the project – King, Oates, Connelly, Deaver, and Child. And there are some solid stories in the group, even some outstanding ones. Block’s own contribution – “Autumn at the Automat” – was awarded an Edgar for Best Short Story this year. But as an editor, Block has some work to do. The collection was very uneven, especially with Block inviting his current wife and an art history expert on Hopper to provide stories. Neither of those were very good. And the manuscript could have done with a good copy-edit before going to print.

Block’s “Automat” story deserves the recognition. It’s an interior story told by an occasional hustler who grifts by faking the theft of silverware so that the automat manager pays her off after she’s wrongly accused. The tale of how she is left in the position to need the grift and how she learns her trade is lush with sadness. Connelly’s entry, another Bosch story inspired by Hopper’s famous Nighthaws, picks up the gritty detective in his later years, and adds rich depth to his creation. King’s story – “Music Room” – is classic stuff, a couple slowing starving victims in a closet as they drain bank accounts. The big surprise was a story by Craig Ferguson, the comedian. The tale of a preacher who’s lost his faith as he faces terminal cancer was very well-written, in turns wry and lyrical.

On balance, the collection is worth a chance, especially for noir lovers. As a fan of Hopper’s paintings, reading the book crystallized my feeling for his work. There is a decidedly noir feeling to Hopper. Darkness, not so much in color as in tone, hangs over the people in his paintings. They look world-weary, slightly out of proportion to the world around them. And it’s hard not to imagine what brought them to that moment in time Hopper has highlight on canvass.

Bottom Line: Slightly uneven collection, but well worth the time if you like noir – skip the ones that miss the mark and enjoy the rest.

4 bones!!!!! ( )
2 vote blackdogbooks | Aug 11, 2017 |
In Sunlight or In Shadow is an anthology of short stories, each one based loosely or strongly on an Edward Hopper painting. As with all anthologies, some of the stories are good, some are less good and some I just didn’t like at all.

Also, like all anthologies, some authors are well known (to me) such as Megan Abbott, Lee Child, Michael Connelly and Stephen King and some were unknown such as Jill Black, Nicholas Christopher and Craig Ferguson.

The stories average around 15 pages each and most are fast reading. For mystery fans, there are some series names making an appearance such as Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch whose story was clearly one of the better ones (which is rewarding because I haven’t loved the Bosch recent novels all that much).

However, the story I liked best was the last one, by Lawrence Block. the anthology’s editor, called Autumn at the Automat.

If you’re a Hopper fan, then you’ll enjoy seeing some of his paintings and reading how they’ve inspired the authors. If not, you’ll still enjoy some of the stories. The thing I like about short story anthologies, is that you can stop and start, skip or read, as you feel the urge. In Sunlight or In Shadow is definitely worth your time. ( )
  EdGoldberg | Feb 22, 2017 |
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Block, LawrenceEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbott, MeganContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Block, Jill D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Block, LawrenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Butler, Robert OlenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christopher, NicholasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Connelly, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Deaver, JefferyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferguson, CraigContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hopper, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lansdale, Joe R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levin, GailContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, WarrenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nelscott, KrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Santlofer, JonathanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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