Read New Haven Noir by Amy Bloom Michael Cunningham Jessica Speart Chandra Prasad David Rich Hirsh Sawhney Roxana Robinson Stephen L. Carter Online


Brand-new stories by: Michael Cunningham, Roxana Robinson, Stephen L. Carter, John Crowley, Amy Bloom, Alice Mattison, Chris Knopf, Jonathan Stone, Sarah Pemberton Strong, Karen E. Olson, Jessica Speart, Chandra Prasad, David Rich, and Hirsh Sawhney.New Haven may be best known for Yale University, but its criminal dimensions run as deep as anywhere else on the Eastern SeabBrand-new stories by: Michael Cunningham, Roxana Robinson, Stephen L. Carter, John Crowley, Amy Bloom, Alice Mattison, Chris Knopf, Jonathan Stone, Sarah Pemberton Strong, Karen E. Olson, Jessica Speart, Chandra Prasad, David Rich, and Hirsh Sawhney.New Haven may be best known for Yale University, but its criminal dimensions run as deep as anywhere else on the Eastern Seaboard. Whether the setting is a college campus, the waterfront, East Rock, The Hill, or Wooster Square, the stories in this volume bring the full city to life—and death.From editor Amy Bloom:New Haven in not a tourist kind of town. Yes, if you want to see the Cushing brain collection of 400 brains-in-jars (with another 150 planned for display), including artifacts like the piece of steak signed (if that’s the word)—using an electrosurgical knife—by Ivan Pavlov, and plenty of infant skulls. Also, more transcendently, you can visit beautiful Beinecke Library, a six-story tower of translucent marble, instead of mere glass, protecting the rare books, including my favorite, the Voynich manuscript, written centuries ago in what seems to be a fictional language with drawings of plants that don’t exist. Also, for the picnickers, the tomb of Midnight Mary in the eighty-five-acre Evergreen Cemetery, right off Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. On her gravestone, it reads: The people shall be troubled at midnight and pass away.It’s a noir kind of town.I love New Haven. I asked other writers who have the same odd, deep affection for the city that I do to tell me their stories. Michael Cunningham, Roxana Robinson, Stephen L. Carter, Alice Mattison, John Crowley. And more. We’ve got the darkly funny, the darker, the ineffable, and the deeply brooding. What we’ve got for you, right here . . . is New Haven....

Title : New Haven Noir
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ISBN : 9781617755415
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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New Haven Noir Reviews

  • Chris Wolak
    2019-02-21 11:28

    Posted my review today -- publication day!Bottom line: A strong and highly enjoyable collection of diverse noir stories that truly give the reader a vibe for the City of New Haven. Get it for yourself or for the Yalie in your life.Read my full review on my blog:

  • Tuck
    2019-03-08 14:29

    From alachic series. Very nice short stories of intrigue, mystery and deathly murder. One overarching theme is everybody makes fun of Yale

  • Tonstant Weader
    2019-03-05 13:21

    Do you know someone heading off to Yale for school? A proud parent of a soon-to-be Yalie? Could their be a more delicious gift than the newest armchair anthology from the Akashic Noir series of geographically-organized noir short stories, New Haven Noir. This collection is by Amy Bloom who successfully gathered fifteen stories from New Haven past, present, and future with a noir sensibility.On of the most innovative stories was “Spring Break” by John Crowley. It takes place in the future with the children of the class of 2017 coming to experience school, an anachronism in the wired world of the future. Crowley invents the English of the future, a language dramatically altered by texting. The protagonist wears droops and a swechirt, suggesting the language changed more than the fashions. A ghost story of the future, it was a delight to experience this imagined future language.As always, the collection is a mix of more traditional mysteries like the editor’s “I’ve Never Been to Paris” that has a detective, a body, and a mystery to the urban legend “The Man in Room Eleven” by Michael Cunningham. Noir is a sensibility, not a genre and that is made evident in the variety of stories Bloom selected.New Haven Noir appeals to everything I like, short stories, mystery, and innovative writing. It’s no secret I think the Akashic Noir series is a brilliant idea and a never-ending delight. Nonetheless, some in the series are better than others. With New Haven Noir, the variety of stories guarantees you will enjoy several of them. I liked them all, though Stephen L. Carter’s “Evening Prayer” seemed structured to deliver a punch line – if punch lines can be heartbreaking social commentary. Nonetheless, it made me want to read more by the author.Some of the stories are so fresh they are post-election, in the trauma of this new less decent America that has abdicated its promise, full of the angst of living in a country that would elect someone whose only consistent promise was how much he could hate the same people they hate. Our collective national abandonment of democracy and pluralism is starting to show up in our literature and it’s fascinating to see its effect. If only it were fiction.New Haven Noir will be released August 1st. I received an e-galley from the publisher through Edelweiss.New Haven Noir at Akashic BooksAkashic Noir Series by Akashic BooksAmy Bloom author site★★★★https://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpre...

  • Stephen
    2019-03-20 16:32

    I lived in New Haven for a number of years, downtown, in a high-rise between Yale's campus and Yale -New Haven Hospital. I always suspected NH to be a noir-ish town and the collection of short stories by New Haven-affiliated writers proves it beyond the shadow of a doubt. I like to read material that is based on real physical locations, and everyone of these 15 stories is noir from start-to-finish and is set in a real place in New Haven, for example: East Rock, Dwight, Beinecke Library, Wooster Square, Audobon Arts District and Edgewood Avenue, or the Graduate Ghetto, where my first Hew Haven apartment was located and where someone tried to break in by crashing a window in my kitchen when, earlier in the evening I finished the first section of "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote, where the family was murdered and laid in bed with the light outs and wondered if someone would sneak into the apartment and murder me. I kid you not.Purchased on a whim at Atticus, the morning of my youngest son's wedding - Yale College graduate and attending Yale Graduate School right now to a former Yale Art History major. I may let them borrow this.I may also buy a host of other books in this series by Akashic Books because they are in the same ilk - Noir stories for Brooklyn, LA, Philadelphia, Detroit, Atlanta, Baltimore, Brussels, and give them to people that I know living there. In fact, I have visited many of the cities and would probably enjoy everyone. I started reading on the beach, got side-tracked with other things and came back to finish. Great stories. Fun stories.

  • Sam Sattler
    2019-03-02 13:42

    Of the dozen or so Akashic Noir collections I've read, I think this one did the best job of choosing stories that give someone unfamiliar with the city and state a good feel for the layout, politics, racial splits, etc. of the area. It probably helps that at least five of the contributors are either associated with Yale right now or have been so associated in the past. The usual fifteen stories, divided into three sections of five stories each, come from eight female contributors and seven male contributors.My favorite story of all fifteen is Roxana Robinson's "The Secret Societies," a story largely set in the city's Beinecke Library. This one is based upon the premise that two female writers are competing to be the first to complete their biography of a famous, reclusive author who stopped giving even interviews decades prior to her death (she resembles the late Harper Lee in a number of ways). The two women are working in the same library where the authors papers are housed and are well aware of the other's existence. What one researcher discovers is astounding.Overall, the quality and enjoyability of this group of soldiers beats almost every one of the others in the series I've read, and at least until I read one that tops this collection, it is my new favorite Akashic Noir book.

  • Darcia Helle
    2019-03-06 13:19

    As with most anthologies, I enjoyed some stories in this collection more than others. While this was not my favorite of the Noir series, there are some definite gems here.All the authors do a great job of putting us in New Haven, Connecticut. We see the working class against the backdrop of Yale and academia. Overall, I think this collection leans more into literary fiction than the noir genre it is supposed to be. Some stories, for me, miss the noir feel completely. A few have almost a pompous feel. Even so, this is an entertaining mix of stories worth a read.*I received a copy from the publisher, via LibraryThing, in exchange for my honest review.*

  • Theresa
    2019-03-05 17:38

    Having spent many hours in the creepy stacks of Sterling Library at Yale, I had to laugh out loud at John Crowley's Poe-ish tale, "Spring Break". I liked the way he wrote it, in a kind of texting shorthand which made the characters real and likable.Another favorite story was "The Gauntlet", about the seemingly clueless Nebraska farm boy Yalie living on Edgewood Ave. in the 70's. Hirsh Sawhney's "A Woe for Every Season" reflects the New Haven of today as well as yesterday, the town/gown divide, and the very real racism.Dixwell Ave. is the setting and the 1940's the time period for Stephen Carter's "Evening Prayer".Every one of the places in the collection were familiar to me: the Lindsey Chittendon English Lit building, Wooster Square, Audobon Arts District, the sacrosanct atmosphere of the Beinecke, etc. I was immediately 'there' as the murders and mayhem unfolded, which made it an extraordinary read.Especially if you know New Haven, this is a fun and affecting read. It truly captures the feel and spirit of the place.

  • Diana
    2019-03-04 16:19

    NEW HAVEN NOIR, edited by Amy Bloom, is one of the newest offerings in Akashic Books’s noir series. I am ‘hooked’ on these noir titles and am very lucky to have been sent many of the titles to read and review. Each title has its own ‘flavor and texture’ and provides a decidedly untourist-like glimpse into locations around the US and the world.Every title contains an introduction by the editor; a map of the area with story locations marked by body silhouettes; author/contributor information and the stories themselves. (I love the maps.)NEW HAVEN NOIR’s introduction is quite good - a humorous, teasing, preparatory glimpse of the stories that follow. Information about the authors is very interesting. The book is divided into III parts with 15 stories. Their mood is sinister, bleak and menacing with a hidden or ‘under the surface’ evil. Definitely, a very skewed morality is present. (That’s what noir is all about!)“Crossing Harry” by Chris Knopf (place: Union Station) Very weird; crazy; homeless men and body parts“Call Back” by Sarah Pemberton Strong (place: Audubon Arts District) I want an ending! Nicky & Cal - what happened to them?“A woe for every season” by Hirsh Sawhney (place: Dwight) ‘Stale University’ - never heard that before, although I am not familiar with Yale or New Haven. Josh/Jim/Ink/Narrator“Sure Thing” by David Rich (place: Long Wharf) Pete is being set up because he is testifying against a ‘Blackwater’ type - very suspenseful.“I’ve never been to Paris” by Amy Bloom (place: East Rock) Great story. Looks can be deceiving. Yale/tenure/murder/scholarships/Paris - many elements to the story.“The secret societies” by Roxana Robinson (place: Beinecke Library) Sarah Tenant - travel writer tries to discover the real Alison Ricks at the Beinecke Library.“The boy” by Karen E. Olson (place: Fair Haven) Compelling. Don’t mess with older ladies.“Evening Prayer” by Stephen L. Carter (place: Dixwell Avenue) So sad that he thought he was going to hell.“Second Act” by Jessica Speart (place: Food Terminal Plaza) Very bizarre; acting a part; double identity“The gauntlet” by Jonathan Stone (place: Edgewood Avenue) Don’t mess with Lionel and his French horn case.“ Innovative methods” by Alice Mattison (place: Lighthouse Point Park) Very depressing - a rogue counselor.“Spring Break” by John Crowley (place: Yale University) an eerie story. I didn’t quite understand the speech or scenario, but tension was great.“Silhouette” by Chandra Prasad (place: Wooster Square) great quote: “The economy had soured since the crash and factories around Wooster Square were folding like poker hands.” Quite a story - depressing and sick“The man in Room 11” by Michael Cunningham (place: Chapel Street) Profoundly sinister“The queen of secrets” by Lisa D. Gray (place: Bradley Street) Powerful story on many levels.I highly recommend NEW HAVEN NOIR and the entire noir series by Akashic Books.

  • Cynthia
    2019-03-07 16:17

    I visited my childhood home of New Haven, CT with my brother for his 60th bday. A trip down memory lane . . . the Victorian Queen Anne we grew up in near East Rock Park, our air bnb on all-black Dixwell Avenue, the fancy-dress Shubert Theater on College, the old fake-gothic Yale buildings, the rusted-out Winchester arms factory, Pepe's Italian Pizza on Wooster Square . . . So this little book of detective stories, each set in one part of the city, was perfect. And who doesn't love Amy Bloom's work? The stories are funny, smart, surprising, silly, and/or insightful. A real treat.

  • Sherrie
    2019-02-25 14:27

    I have to start off with the note, I don't typically care for short stories, that being said my introduction to New Haven Noir, Edited by Amy Bloom totally brought me around. All of the stories are based in or around New Haven and generally bringing in Yale, and obviously most embark on the cynical or seamy side of life. A few of my favorites; a story involving a homeless man at Union Station and a man in a beautiful dark blue cashmere coat and then comes body parts in Crossing Harry by Chris Knoff, another is I've Never Been to Paris by Amy Bloom making you wonder did she or didn't she, and another of the many obscure stories is The Boy by Karen E Olson is just scary. I highly recommend this juicy read and I look forward to reading from the list of Akashic Books Noir Series.Thanks to Goodreads for the ARC!

  • Vera
    2019-03-10 13:38

    Thank you Akashic Books for sending me an ARC of New Haven Noir! I thoroughly enjoyed the stories in this collection! They were diverse and each one had its own unique flavor. They were deliciously creepy and definitely kept me guessing. Highly recommend!

  • AnnTheis
    2019-02-21 12:25


  • Michael Jacobs
    2019-03-17 17:37

    Anthologies are usually hit and miss. Akashic's Noir anthologies are usually more hit than miss. Same is the case in New Haven Noir. I've never been to New Haven, or anywhere close to it, but the stories did a really good job at making me feel like I was transported there. As with all anthologies, there are some great, some okay, some awful, but New Haven Noir has more of the great, and less of the okay and awful stories.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-27 15:30

    I chose to read this book because I grew up in New Haven and it was lovely to see my city represented in literature. Some of the stories were hit or miss but I still enjoyed it