Brooklyn is dead. Long live the Bronx! In Bitter Bronx, Jerome Charyn returns to his roots and leads the literary renaissance of an oft-overlooked borough in this surprising new collection. In Bitter Bronx, one of our most gifted and original novelists depicts a world before and after modern urban renewal destroyed the gritty sanctity of a land made famous by Ruth, Gehrig, and Joltin' Joe. Bitter Bronx is suffused with the texture and nostalgia of a lost time and place, combining a keen eye for detail with Jerome Charyn's lived experience. These stories are informed by a childhood growing up near that middle-class mecca, the Grand Concourse; falling in love with three voluptuous librarians at a public library in the Lower Depths of the South Bronx; and eating at Mafia-owned restaurants along Arthur Avenue's restaurant row, amid a qland of deprivationabwhere fathers trundled homeabwith a monumental sadness on their shoulders.q In qLorelei, q a lonely hearts grifter returns home and finds his childhood sweetheart still living in the same apartment house on the Concourse; in qArchy and Mehitabelq a high school romance blossoms around a newspaper comic strip; in qMajor Leaguerq a former New York Yankee confronts both a gang of drug dealers and the wreckage that Robert Moses wrought in his old neighborhood; and in three interconnected storiesaqSilk a Silk, q qLittle Sister, q and qMarlaqaMarla Silk, a successful Manhattan attorney, discovers her father's past in the Bronx and a mysterious younger sister who was hidden from her, kept in a fancy rest home near the Botanical Garden. In these stories and others, the past and present tumble together in Charyn's singular and distinctly qNew York prose, street-smart, sly, and full of lurchesq (John Leonard, New York Times). Throughout it all looms the qmaster builderq Robert Moses, a man who believed he could qsaveq the Bronx by building a highway through it, dynamiting whole neighborhoods in the process. Bitter Bronx stands as both a fictional eulogy for the people and places paved over by Moses' expressway and an affirmation of Charyn's qbrilliant imaginationq (Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune).Hea#39;s interested in your daughter, not J. D. Salinger. ... But it took me an entire month to grasp that aUncle Wiggily in Connecticuta and aThe Laughing Mana were short stories rather than pickle merchants at the Jennings ... She meant to play Manhattana#39;s own alley cat and seduce a cockroach from the Bronx, but I was as much of a trickster as Merle. ... Her mom and dad didna#39;t like her running around to parties with college boys and coming home after midnight, smothered in mascara .
|Title||:||Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories|
|Publisher||:||W. W. Norton & Company - 2015-06-01|