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Loisaida -- A New York Story
     

Loisaida -- A New York Story

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by Marion Stein
 

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The core of this tale was inspired by real events – a beautiful dancer slain, The psychotic roommate has confessed, but a dilettante actor turned journalist thinks there's more to it and investigates. Soon one of his sources mentions he might have better luck gaining trust if he'd shoot dope.

Welcome to New York's East Village, aka Loisaida, circa 1988. Meet

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The core of this tale was inspired by real events – a beautiful dancer slain, The psychotic roommate has confessed, but a dilettante actor turned journalist thinks there's more to it and investigates. Soon one of his sources mentions he might have better luck gaining trust if he'd shoot dope.

Welcome to New York's East Village, aka Loisaida, circa 1988. Meet your neighbors -- artists, dreamers, hustlers, devil worshipers, anarchists, junkies and yuppies -- all competing for breathing space in a city without air. It's the era of greed, when the poor are objects of scorn not sympathy, and the gentrifiers view themselves as urban pioneers. This is a story about sex and drugs and real estate. This is a story about a murder.

Editorial Reviews

Larry Harrison
This is noir at its best, a dark tale that explores human frailty among those who pursue justice, as well as among the perpetrators of horrific crimes. In her psychological insights, as well as in the quality of her writing, Stein is a worthy heir to Raymond Chandler...
Like a singer with perfect pitch, she has a gift for finding the voice for each character and understanding their motivation. She is able to tell a captivating story, and the result is a book that is impossible to put down.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012694676
Publisher:
Caradeloca Press
Publication date:
10/20/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
253 KB

Meet the Author

Marion Stein is a native New Yorker who returned to her hometown in September 2001 after living many other places including Burlington, Vermont, Oaxaca, Mexico and Seattle, Washington. She has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence as well as an MSW from Hunter College. Marion's careers have included crisis clinician, teacher, tarot card reader, grant writer and temp. Her story Pogo was published in Gordon Lish's literary magazine, The Quarterly. More recently she has been involved with The Storytelling Circle at Narativ and was a featured storyteller on a WBAI radio broadcast. Her novel, Hungry Ghosts was shortlisted for the 2009 International 3-Day Novel Contest.

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Loisaida -- A New York Story 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
"Loisaida" can be viewed two ways. As a work of literary or general fiction, which was the authors intent, or as a mystery. As a work of literary or general fiction, "Loisaida" is excellent. Written from the point of view of different characters and constantly switching from one character to another is an approach that can be difficult for the reader to follow, but I didn't find this to be a problem because Stein's characters are finely drawn when first introduced. Despite having a large cast, keeping track of the current point of view and how each character connects with the others was rather easy. Although this approach is hard to execute well, Stein did just that. The characters, their stories, and the flavor of the place and time were entertaining and held my interest. As the story progresses one person emerges as the central character. Peter, an actor turned journalist sees a possible book deal if he can uncover the full story behind the murder and dismemberment of Ingrid, an aspiring dancer. The mentally unstable suspect in custody was almost certainly involved, but rumors that indicate others were involved swirl around. The mystery of who was involved in Ingrid's murder and exactly what happened ties most of the characters together. While there are other significant plot threads, solving the murder was the most significant. It is the mystery, central to the plot, where evaluating "Loisaida" gets tricky. Avoiding spoilers while explaining is also difficult. The book description doesn't imply you're reading a mystery. Yet, to the reader, there is a point where it will begin feeling like a mystery. How the story ends and the way the mystery is resolved may be disconcerting for some readers. It was for me. Yet, there is nothing inherently wrong with the ending. Given the story arc, it is more realistic than the ending you might anticipate. That my preconceptions were shaken up when the story took an unexpected turn was a good thing. Understanding why the ending felt wrong . well, that was tricky. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is both gritty fiction -- down and dirty like Bukowski and literary as well. You might even need a dictionary. I found it riveting, but not a really easy read. The writer introduces a lot of characters and allows them to speak for themselves. The voices are distinctive, but it's still not a book you'd bring to the beach. It's a dark story, but worth it and it gave me a sense of what New York was like back in the 1980's.