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Atlanta Noir

Tayari Jones


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PUBLISHED: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781617755378
ANNOTATION:
This much-anticipated and long-overdue installment in Akashic's Noir Series reveals many sides of Atlanta only known to its residents.
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  • Paperback
    $28.01
PUBLISHED: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781617755378
ANNOTATION:
This much-anticipated and long-overdue installment in Akashic's Noir Series reveals many sides of Atlanta only known to its residents.

Annotation

This much-anticipated and long-overdue installment in Akashic's Noir Series reveals many sides of Atlanta only known to its residents.

Publisher Description

Akashic Books continues its groundbreaking series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each story is set in a distinct neighbourhood or location within the city of the book. Atlanta is one of America's most dynamic and fastest growing cities, with an increasingly diverse population. This volume honours the city's transformation - albeit in a chilling manner - with a highly talented crew of contributors who know the city inside and out.

Author Biography

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 MFA faculty at Rutgers-Newark University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Introduction Part I: The Devil Went Down to Georgia "Snowbound" by Tananarive Due (Buckhead) "Terceira" by Dallas Hudgens (College Park) "The Prisoner" by Brandon Massey (Grant Park) "Kill Joy" by Sheri Joseph (East Atlanta) "One-Eyed Woman" by Gillian Royes (Virginia-Highland) Part II: Kin Folks & Skin Folks "Selah" by Anthony Grooms (Inman Park) "Caramel" by Tayari Jones (Cascade Heights) "Comet" by David James Poissant (Stone Mountain) "Come Ye, Disconsolate" by Daniel Black (Mechanicsville) Part III: Nose Wide Open "The Bubble" by Jennifer Harlow (Peachtree City) "A Moment of Clarity at the Waffle House" by Kenji Jasper (Vinings) "Four in the Morning in the New Place" by Jim Grimsley (Little Five Points) "Ma'am" by Alesia Parker (Midtown) "The Fuck Out" by John Holman (East Lake Terrace)

Review

"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 things dark 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

Long Description

Kenji Jasper's "A Moment of Clarity at the Waffle House" nominated for a 2018 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 by Tayari 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.

Review Quote

"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 things dark 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

Competing Titles

New Orleans Noir Julie Smith 9781933354248 $15.95 Akashic Books 4/2007 Dallas Noir David Hale Smith 9781617751905 $15.95 Akashic Books 11/2013 Miami Noir Les Standiford 9781933354132 $15.95 Akashic Books 11/2006 Memphis Noir Laureen/Leonard Cantwell/Gill 9781617753114 $15.95 Akashic Books 11/2015 Lone Star Noir Bobby/Johnny Byrd/Byrd 9781936070640 $15.95 Akashic Books 10/2010 Richmond Noir Andrew/Brian/Tom Blossom/Castleberry/De Haven 9781933354989 $15.95 Akashic Books 3/2010

Description for Sales People

Atlanta Noir will be published simultaneously in paperback and eBook formats. Featuring 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. The editor, Tayari Jones, is a successful novelist and one of the better-known writers coming out of Atlanta. She is also a fantastic and tireless self-promoter. Publicize to major dailies, weeklies, literary publications, alternative publications. Major radio and television push, with a strong local angle. Akashic's promotion will have a strong social media component that will rely heavily on the editor's phenomenal network of fans.

Product Details

Publisher
Akashic Books,U.S.
Series
Akashic Noir
Year
2017
ISBN-10
1617755370
ISBN-13
9781617755378
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United States
Edited by
Tayari Jones
Pages
280
Subtitle
Akashic Noir
Author
Tayari Jones
Media
Book
Publication Date
2017-08-15
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade