In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper

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A truly unprecedented literary achievement by author and editor Lawrence Block, a newly-commissioned anthology of seventeen superbly-crafted stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, including Jeffery Deaver, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Lee Child, and Robert Olen Butler, among many others. "Edward Hopper is surely the greatest American narrative painter. His work bears special resonance for writers and readers, and yet his paintings never tell a story so much as they invite viewers to find for themselves the untold stories within." So says Lawrence Block, who has invited seventeen outstanding writers to join him in an unprecedented anthology of brand-new stories: In Sunlight or In Shadow. The results are remarkable and range across all genres, wedding literary excellence to storytelling savvy. Contributors include Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, Michael Connelly, Megan Abbott, Craig Ferguson, Nicholas Christopher, Jill D. Block, Joe R. Lansdale, Justin Scott, Kris Nelscott, Warren Moore, Jonathan Santlofer, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, and Lawrence Block himself. Even Gail Levin, Hopper’s biographer and compiler of his catalogue raisonée, appears with her own first work of fiction, providing a true account of art theft on a grand scale and told in the voice of the country preacher who perpetrated the crime. In a beautifully produced anthology as befits such a collection of acclaimed authors, each story is illustrated with a quality full-color reproduction of the painting that inspired it.
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    In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper

    misspider

    28. November 2016 um 06:51

    I've never been a big fan of short stories, but recently there seem to be more and more collections and anthologies that catch my interest, as did this book. First, because of the paintings, as I only knew the Nighthawks and a couple other pictures by Hopper and was delighted to get a peek at some of his other work. Second, because of the authors, which include some I know and like very well (Stephen King being my all time favorite), others I'm glad to get to know better (Joyce Carol Oates, Joe R. Lansdale, Lee Child), still others I've heard of but never read before (Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver) and a good number to meet for the first time.As with all anthologies, there are good stories and there are not so good stories. This collection is one of the better ones, with mostly entertaining stories and only one I didn't like at all. And, of course, there are some precious stories I read and totally loved. As I am not too familiar with the majority of the authors, I can't exactly recall which was which as I didn't made notes along the way. But as each reader has a different taste, I think it's kind of pointless to point out this story or that.What I liked very much about this book was that the stories did not have a common subject regarding their content, and span several different genres, the most special I remember being a fantasy piece about some kind of Atlantis descendants. But there also where a bunch of crime and thriller stories with some mild horror thrown in and a couple of general literary stories. The diversity of the stories made it easy to read them in one go without making my head swim or getting saturated too fast.And, of course, the paintings themselves: while I wouldn't want to hang most of them on my own walls, they all were impressive and I kept scrolling back to them. One I liked most was an impressive rooftop view in shades of brown and orange. So even if there was a story I didn't like that much there still was the picture to make up for it.(Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for an ARC of the book, all opinions are my own and completely unbiased)

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