One evening, in a neighborhood on the brink, boy meets girl. If only they'd gone home together, they might both still be alive.
The core of this gritty, only in New York-story was inspired by real events - a beautiful, aspiring dancer slain. The psychotic roommate has confessed, but a dilettante actor-turned-journalist thinks there's more to it and investigates.
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...
Word Count: 101k
Genre: Literary Fiction, General Fiction, Neo-noir, Literary Thriller
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)|
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"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.**
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.