Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories

Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories

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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 deprivationa€bwhere fathers trundled homea€bwith 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 storiesa€”qSilk a Silk, q qLittle Sister, q and qMarlaqa€”Marla 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 a€œUncle Wiggily in Connecticuta€ and a€œThe 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
Author:Jerome Charyn
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2015-06-01


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