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Jonathan Safran Foer and Robert Pinsky join Joyce Carol Oates and other illustrious writers to explore Jersey noir.
Featuring brand-new stories (and a few poems) by:
Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Safran Foer, Robert Pinsky, Edmund White
& Michael Carroll, Richard Burgin, Paul Muldoon, Sheila Kohler, C.K.
Williams, Gerald Stern, Lou Manfredo, S.A. Solomon, Bradford Morrow,
Jonathan Santlofer, Jeffrey Ford, S.J. Rozan, Barry N. Malzberg &
Bill Pronzini, Hirsh Sawhney, and Robert Arellano.
Launched with the summer '04 award-winning best seller Brooklyn Noir,
Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir
anthologies. Each book is comprised of all-new stories, each one set in a
distinct neighborhood or location within the city of the book.
From the introduction by Joyce Carol Oates:
Jersey!--'The Garden State'--our fifth smallest state, with only
Hawaii, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island below it in land mass,
yet it's the state containing the 'most murderous' American city
(Camden) and the state generally conceded to be, square mile per square
mile, the most densely politically corrupt. (Louisiana has been, by
tradition, the most corrupt of all U.S. states, but in recent years
Illinois has been closing the lead.) Atlantic City, Jersey City,
Hackensack, Hoboken, Secaucus, Newark, Camden (three recent Camden
mayors have been jailed for corruption)--in these cities as in others
corruption isn't aberrant but rather a way of (political) life . . .
between the great cities of New York and Philadelphia, New Jersey has
been by tradition a heavily 'organized' Mafia state, as it was at one
time a northern outpost of the Ku Klux Klan, with a concentration of
members in Trenton, Camden, Monmouth County, and South Jersey . . . In
such ways, the most civilized and 'decent' among us find that we are
complicit with the most brutal murderers. We enter into literally
unspeakable alliances--of which we dare not speak except through the
obliquities and indirections of fiction, poetry, and visual art of the
sort gathered here in New Jersey Noir."