French Quarter Fiction: The Newest Stories of America's Oldest Bohemia

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Branching across every genre, from mystery and romance to flash fiction and prose poetry, this anthology of works by preeminent writers on the heart of New Orleans features a previously unpublished story by Tennessee Williams, as well as stories by Richard Ford, Ellen Gilchrist, Robert Olen Butler, Andrei Codrescu, Barry Gifford, Poppy Z. Brite, Julie Smith, John Biguenet, Nancy Lemann, and Valerie Martin, among others.

The characters in these works find themselves everywhere ...

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Overview

Branching across every genre, from mystery and romance to flash fiction and prose poetry, this anthology of works by preeminent writers on the heart of New Orleans features a previously unpublished story by Tennessee Williams, as well as stories by Richard Ford, Ellen Gilchrist, Robert Olen Butler, Andrei Codrescu, Barry Gifford, Poppy Z. Brite, Julie Smith, John Biguenet, Nancy Lemann, and Valerie Martin, among others.

The characters in these works find themselves everywhere from Sarajevo on the eve of the First World War to Algiers Point just across the Mississippi River, but their stories are all anchored in the French Quarter. They wander from the New World of the 18th century to a rooftop view of Bourbon Street on the cusp of the third millennium. Interspersed with the history of the city, these stories penetrate the standard clichés and reflect the true sense of the French Quarter—its sensuality, its mystery, and the fascinating life behind its walls.

Whether surrealism or satire, these exceptional stories are without exception beautiful, poignant, tragic, and comic.

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Editorial Reviews

The Times-Picayune
Evocative masterpieces from writers new and established with something to appeal to every reader. A must-read for all of us.—January 30, 2003
Where Y'at
This book will be the first one the lit hounds pick up in search of ur-sounds.—
Alternatives
None has ever given us such an unabashed, intimate view into the mindset of Tennessee Williams in his later years.—
Parade Magazine
An unprecedented evocation of the haunted city responsible for America¹s Bohemian bent. Makes for a truly intoxicating experience.
Yusef Komunyakaa
These stories are a distilled pleasure achieved through muscular and lyrical revelations.
Michael Feldman
Conveys the heart and soul of the Quarter; having them assembled here is a remarkable act of scholarship and love.—host of Public Radio International's Whad'Ya Know?
Washington Post Book World
A treat of a different kind . . . a labor of love and a present for the rest of us.—Michael Dirda
Washington Post
For people who need a little voodoo in their lives, the 37 authors in this collection efficiently carry the reader to New Orleans and into the lives of the fictional Quarter Rats. It leaves you feeling like the day after a night in the Quarter: not really sure you saw what you think you saw, but certain it was a helluva a party.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971407671
  • Publisher: Light Of New Orleans Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 381
  • Sales rank: 540,963
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Joshua Clark is a fiction and travel writer, editor, photographer, and filmmaker. He lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Foreword 17
Map 22
Ramos Gin Fizz
"The Last Bijou" 24
"Fairy Tale" 37
"The New Orleans of Possibilities" 47
"Two Photographs by Walker Evans" 62
"Blue Elephant" 64
"Trompe l'oeil" 71
New Orleans Mint Julep
"The Passion of Hypolite Cortez" 78
from Fleeing the Restoration 87
"Pretty Birdie and the Toy Pomeranian" 97
"Puppy" 108
"House of Mischief" 135
"Annie" 142
Bourbon
"Burgundy" 154
"S.I.N.ners" 156
"A Bus Named Cemeteries" 177
"Go to Hell" 180
"Appealing for the Truth (A Sad Joke)" 181
Hurricane
"Sunday" 186
"Summerteeth" 187
"Summertime" 196
"The Dive" 199
"Ties" 212
Dripped Absinthe Francaise
"Tide of the Sun" 220
"Penny Pitching" 261
"Tracking the Double Yes" 269
"Mussolini and the Axeman's Jazz" 270
"Conjure Me" 291
"Gregory's Fate" 304
Sazerac
"Sex in the Summer of Discontent" 312
"Making Groceries" 314
from A Recent Martyr 316
"La Vie En Rose Construction Co." 324
"Lost Text: Hotel St. Pierre" 335
"Brownsville" 354
adapted from Malaise 357
Obituary Cocktail
"The Land of the Poppies" 359
"The Night Was Full of Hours" 365
Biographical Notes 370
Acknowledgements 377
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2004

    A MUST READ!

    These stories will transport you to the heart of the French Quarter. Some will haunt you, other will make you laugh for days. This compilation is truly a labor of love.

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