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In sunlight or in shadow : stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, edited by Lawrence Block

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In sunlight or in shadow : stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper
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In sunlight or in shadow
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stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper
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edited by Lawrence Block
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eng
Summary
"A newly commissioned anthology of seventeen superbly crafted stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper"--Dust jacket
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Loan Stars Favourites, 2016
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  • /* Starred Review */ Intrigued by how Edward Hopper’s “work resonates profoundly” with readers and writers, given the intensity of his brooding paintings’ aura of inner turmoil and bleak expectancy, Block invited fellow mystery writers and other literary luminariesto pick a Hopper painting and write a story inspired by it. The 17 results are searing and ensnaring, clever, erotic, and disquieting tales of anger and subterfuge, desperation and revenge. Some focus on the artist himself, including Megan Abbott’s “Girlie Show,” an indicting yet triumphant interpretation of the famously contentious Hopper marriage. Others stories focus on the figures in the paintings, including two more tales of hidden female power: Jonathan Santlofer’s “Night Windows” and Joyce Carol Oates’ “The Woman in the Window.” Surveillance is the theme in several tales, including Jeffery Deaver’s surprising, funny, and dire Cold War plea for leniency. Stephen King turns an oppressive domestic scene into a shockingly macabre story of Great Depression survival. Hopper biographer Gail Levin, editor of a similar collection, The Poetry of Solitude: A Tribute to Edward Hopper (1995), contributed a delectably unnerving story based on a rather astonishing aspect of Hopper’s legacy. Robert Olen Butler, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Justin Scott, and Block himself also appear in this lushly illustrated, darkly alluring, deliciously unnerving union of art and story. -- Seaman, Donna (Reviewed 11/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 5, p22)
  • Iconic American painter Edward Hopper serves as muse for editor Block and an impressive array of 16 other writers—including Megan Abbott, Robert Olen Butler, Lee Child, and Jeffery Deaver—who select their favorite Hopper paintings to inspire a short story. In “The Music Room,” contributor Stephen King, who happens to own a reproduction of Room in New York, 1932, turns that work’s seemingly innocent domestic scene—a man at a table reading a newspaper, a woman nearby striking a note on an upright piano—into a gruesome tableau involving a macabre scheme to stay ahead of the Great Depression. In a similar noir vein, for Joyce Carol Oates, Eleven A.M., 1926 (which depicts a naked woman seated in a comfortable chair staring out of a city window) inspires a suspenseful duel of murderous intentions as a mistress waits for her married lover to appear in “The Woman in the Window.” In “The Preacher Collects,” Hopper historian Gail Levin weighs in with a fictional tale (in which she plays a minor role) based on her scholarly research, depicting the nefarious means by which Rev. Arthayer R. Sanborn comes to own a cache of Hopper’s works. Block tops off this remarkable collection with “Autumn at the Automat,” inspired by Automat, 1927, in which a young woman has a clever strategy that will keep her flush in rent money, possibly for years. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/24/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 43, p)
  • In this well-curated collection, 17 authors submit stories inspired by paintings from American realist artist Edward Hopper (1882–1967). As Block notes in the foreword, various genres "or no genre at all" are represented; some "spring directly from the canvas"; others "rebound obliquely" from the chosen painting. Color plates accompany each tale. Standout stories include Jeffery Deaver's clever use of Hopper's Hotel by a Railroad in "The Incident of 10 November," told by a doomed Soviet apparatchik; Lee Child's "The Truth About What Happened," based on Hopper's Hotel Lobby, and rendered in the author's trademark terse, ironic style; Michael Connelly's "Nighthawks," which features Hopper's most famous painting and Connelly's Harry Bosch on assignment in Chicago; Joe R. Lansdale's gothic "The Projectionist," the longest and most fleshed-out entry (New York Movie); Craig Ferguson's wry Lansdale-esque elder-buddy story, "Taking Care of Business" (South Truro Church); and Joyce Carol Oates's excruciatingly interior will-she-or-will-he tale, "The Woman in the Window" (Eleven A.M.). Other contributors include Hopper biographer Gail Levin; Megan Abbott and Jonathan Santlofer, who both explore abusive relationships and the male gaze; Stephen King, with a cheerful murderous couple; and Block, whose perfect down-and-out tale ends the volume. VERDICT A nice-looking book for Hopper fans and short story readers, this title would also make a great gift. --Liz French (Reviewed 07/01/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 12, p82)
  • Edward Hopper, the painter of American loneliness, inspires a selection of short stories from a host of notable writers.Whether rural or urban, the largely, sometimes fully unpopulated spaces of Hopper's canvases speak so deeply to the American yearning to belong that the images seem to have been plucked right from the country's collective unconscious. We know every one of these places even if we have never seen them. It's no surprise then that the work Hopper inspires in this volume is not cheerful, but the best of it goes deep. Joe R. Lansdale's "The Projectionist" takes the lone usherette in Hopper's 1939 "New York Movie" as the starting point for a story about unrequited love and revenge. It is, as with much of Lansdale, sometimes brutal but never underfelt. Stephen King lets his demon grin show in the brief and nasty "The Music Room," a slick sick joke of a tale. Kris Nelscott, author of the excellent Smokey Dalton detective series, turns in a vivid and melancholy period piece about race and the Great Depression with "Still Life, 1931." And in "Girlie Show," Megan Abbott opens the book and leaves everyone else trying to catch up to her. This bitter tale of marriage and jealousy and the sweetness of sex turning to poison has the authenticity of lived experience, the weariness and longing of the beaten-down characters you see in Hopper's work.This strong collection begins in a spirit of homage but winds up showing how powerful inspiration can be.(Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2016)
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illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS648.S5
LC item number
I525 2016
Literary form
short stories
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  • 1882-1967
  • 1971-
  • 1956-
  • 1962-
  • 1947-
  • 1951-
  • 1948-
  • 1938-
  • 1946-
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  • Block, Lawrence
  • Hopper, Edward
  • Abbott, Megan E.
  • Block, Jill D
  • Butler, Robert Olen
  • Child, Lee
  • Christopher, Nicholas
  • Connelly, Michael
  • Deaver, Jeffery
  • Ferguson, Craig
  • King, Stephen
  • Lansdale, Joe R.
  • Levin, Gail
  • Moore, Warren
  • Oates, Joyce Carol
  • Nelscott, Kris
  • Santlofer, Jonathan
  • Scott, Justin
  • Block, Lawrence
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  • Hopper, Edward
  • Short stories, American
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Label
In sunlight or in shadow : stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, edited by Lawrence Block
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Publication
Note
Each story is illustrated with a full-color reproduction of the painting that inspired it
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Rooms by the sea
  • Nicholas Christopher
  • Nighthawks
  • Michael Connelly
  • The incident of 10 November
  • Jeffery Deaver
  • Taking care of business
  • Craig Ferguson
  • The music room
  • Stephen King
  • Girlie show
  • The projectionist
  • Joe R. Lansdale
  • The preacher collects
  • Gail Levin
  • Office at night
  • Warren Moore
  • The woman in the window
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Still life 1931
  • Kris Nelscott
  • Megan Abbott
  • Night windows
  • Jonathan Santlofer
  • A woman in the sun
  • Justin Scott
  • Autumn at the automat
  • Lawrence Block
  • The story of Caroline
  • Jill D. Block
  • Soir Bleu
  • Robert Olen Butler
  • The truth about what happened
  • Lee Child
Control code
000059124801
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Extent
ix, 278 pages
Isbn
9781681772455
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)940362361
Label
In sunlight or in shadow : stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, edited by Lawrence Block
Publication
Note
Each story is illustrated with a full-color reproduction of the painting that inspired it
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • still image
  • text
Content type code
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
  • Rooms by the sea
  • Nicholas Christopher
  • Nighthawks
  • Michael Connelly
  • The incident of 10 November
  • Jeffery Deaver
  • Taking care of business
  • Craig Ferguson
  • The music room
  • Stephen King
  • Girlie show
  • The projectionist
  • Joe R. Lansdale
  • The preacher collects
  • Gail Levin
  • Office at night
  • Warren Moore
  • The woman in the window
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Still life 1931
  • Kris Nelscott
  • Megan Abbott
  • Night windows
  • Jonathan Santlofer
  • A woman in the sun
  • Justin Scott
  • Autumn at the automat
  • Lawrence Block
  • The story of Caroline
  • Jill D. Block
  • Soir Bleu
  • Robert Olen Butler
  • The truth about what happened
  • Lee Child
Control code
000059124801
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Extent
ix, 278 pages
Isbn
9781681772455
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)940362361

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