Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bitter Bronx by Jerome Charyn Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway





Genre: Short Stories
Pages:
320
Publisher:
Liveright
Release:
June 15, 2015
ISBN:
9780871404893

Prices/Formats:

$12.59 ebook, $24.95 hardcover

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/0871404893?tag=tributebooks-20

Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bitter-bronx-jerome-charyn/1120390677?ean=9780871404893
    
Jerome Charyn's Web Site:
http://www.jeromecharyn.com/

Jerome Charyn's Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/jerome.charyn?fref=ts

Jerome Charyn's Twitter:
http://twitter.com/jeromecharyn

Jerome Charyn's Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/53408.Jerome_Charyn

Bitter Bronx Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23365799-bitter-bronx?ac=1

Tribute Books Blog Tours Facebook:
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Bitter Bronx blog tour site:
http://bitterbronxblogtour.blogspot.com

Bitter Bronx Summary:




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 "land of deprivation…where fathers trundled home…with a monumental sadness on their shoulders."

In "Lorelei," a lonely hearts grifter returns home and finds his childhood sweetheart still living in the same apartment house on the Concourse; in "Archy and Mehitabel" a high school romance blossoms around a newspaper comic strip; in "Major Leaguer" 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 stories—"Silk & Silk," "Little Sister," and "Marla"—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 "New York prose, street-smart, sly, and full of lurches" (John Leonard, New York Times).

Throughout it all looms the "master builder" Robert Moses, a man who believed he could "save" 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 "brilliant imagination" (Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune).

         


Jerome Charyn's stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The American Scholar, Epoch, Narrative, Ellery Queen, and other magazines. His most recent novel is I Am Abraham. He lived for many years in Paris and currently resides in Manhattan.
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My review;
Author Jerome Charyn has written a collection of very interesting stories about people and how they react to different things in their lives. All of the people who the stories are about are unique. The author has a great way of sharing some of his thought with the reader so that they will not want to stop but want to continue reading until the last page. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for the purpose of a  review and all opinions are my own.

3 comments:

  1. Victoria, thanks for the review! :)

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  2. It catches my interest because it looks like a good book.

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  3. I want to read more about the Bronx!

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