Atlanta Noir by Tayari JonesAtlanta Noir by Tayari Jones

Atlanta Noir

EditorTayari JonesContribution byDallas Hudgens, Brandon Massey

Paperback | August 4, 2017

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Georgia Center for the Book has chosen Atlanta Noir as one of2018's Books All Georgians Should Read!Kenji Jasper'sA Moment of Clarity at the Waffle House" nominated for a2018 Edgar Award for Best Short Story!"Atlanta has its share, maybe more than its share, of prosperity. But wealth is no safeguard against peril... Creepy as well as dark, grim in outlook... Hints of the supernatural may make these tales... appealing to lovers of ghost stories." - Kirkus Reviews "These stories, most of them by relative unknowns, offer plenty of human interest... All the tales have a Southern feel." - Publishers Weekly "Jones, author of Leaving Atlanta, returns to the South via Akashic's ever-growing city anthology series. The collection features stories from an impressive roster of talent including Jim Grimsley, Sheri Joseph, Gillian Royes, Anthony Grooms and David James Poissant. The 14 selections each take place in different Atlanta neighborhood." - Atlanta-Journal Constitution "Now comes Atlanta Noir, an anthology that masterfully blends a chorus of voices, both familiar and new, from every corner of Atlanta... The magic of Atlanta Noir is readily apparent, starting with the introduction Jones pens. It doesn't rest solely upon the breadth of writers but on how their words, stories and references are so Atlanta - so very particular, so very familiar and so very readily, for those who know the city, nostalgic. And for those who don't? The sense of place it captures inspires a desire to get to know Atlanta and its stories." - ArtsATL Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir . Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. This much-anticipated and long-overdue installment in Akashic's Noir Series reveals many sides of Atlanta known only to its residents.Brand-new stories by: Tananarive Due, Kenji Jasper, Tayari Jones, Dallas Hudgens, Jim Grimsley, Brandon Massey, Jennifer Harlow, Sheri Joseph, Alesia Parker, Gillian Royes, Anthony Grooms, John Holman, Daniel Black, and David James Poissant.From the introduction byTayari Jones: Atlanta itself is a crime scene. After all, Georgia was founded as a de facto penal colony and in 1864, Sherman burned the city to the ground. We might argue about whether the arson was the crime or the response to the crime, but this is indisputable: Atlanta is a city sewn from the ashes and everything that grows here is at once fertilized and corrupted by the past... These stories do not necessarily conform to the traditional expectations of noir... However, they all share the quality of exposing the rot underneath the scent of magnolia and pine. Noir, in my opinion, is more a question of tone than content. The moral universe of the story is as significant as the physical space. Noir is a realm where the good guys seldom win; perhaps they hardly exist at all. Few bad deeds go unrewarded, and good intentions are not the road to hell, but are hell itself... Welcome to Atlanta Noir. Come sit on the veranda, or the terrace of a high-rise condo. Pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, and fortify it with a slug of bourbon. Put your feet up. Enjoy these stories, and watch your back. "
Tayari Jones was born and raised in southwest Atlanta. A graduate of Spelman College, she is the author of three novels, including Silver Sparrow, an NEA Big Read selection. Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Radcliffe Insitute for Advanced Study, and the United States Artist Foundation. She is on the ...
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Title:Atlanta NoirFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:280 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.73 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.25 × 0.73 inPublished:August 4, 2017Publisher:Akashic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1617755370

ISBN - 13:9781617755378

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Akashic Books has published more than 50 volumes of its 'Noir' anthologies, each set in a different city, from Manhattan to Manila. This month welcomes the release of Atlanta Noir, a collection of 14 short stories by mostly Southern writers, including locals Jim Grimsley and John Holman. Another notable contributor: the book's editor, award-winning novelist and Spelman alum Tayari Jones. She calls Atlanta - with its gentility, urban grit, and history that ranges from stirring to grotesque - 'the noirest town in the nation.'" - Atlanta Magazine, Top Atlanta Event pick for August"The book holds 14 chilling tales of urban grit and moral ambiguity, each one written by an author with an intimate knowledge of the city and edited by Jones, whose own writing appears in the collection... The range of stories provided in the collection provides an almost perfect snapshot of the city in which we live, written by people who know it best." - Creative Loafing "Atlanta is one of America's most dynamic and fastest growing cities, with an increasingly diverse population. This volume honors the city's transformation - albeit in a chilling manner - with a highly talented crew of 14 respected contributors who know the city inside and out, from its souls to its heart... Once again, Akashic shows us why it is king of noir and especially anthologies with such high-quality writers and storytellers. We've waited long for this beautiful collection of all thingsdark and murderous, but the wait was well worth it. Atlanta Noir could well turn out to be Akashic's best work to date." - New York Journal of Books "