In sunlight or in shadow Stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper

Lawrence Block, Edward Hopper, 1882-1967, Megan E. Abbott, 1971-, Jill D. Block, Robert Olen Butler, Lee Child, Nicholas Christopher, Michael Connelly, 1956-, Jeffery Deaver, Craig Ferguson, 1962-, Stephen King, 1947-, Joe R. Lansdale, 1951-, Gail Levin, 1948-, Warren Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, 1938-, Kris Nelscott, Jonathan Santlofer, 1946-, Justin Scott

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"A newly commissioned anthology of seventeen superbly crafted stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper"--Dust jacket.

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Genres
Short stories
Short stories, American
Published
New York : Pegasus Books 2016.
Edition
First Pegasus Books cloth edition
Language
English
Item Description
Each story is illustrated with a full-color reproduction of the painting that inspired it.
Physical Description
ix, 278 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
1681772450
9781681772455
Other Authors
Lawrence Block (editor), Edward Hopper, 1882-1967 (artist), Megan E. Abbott, 1971- (-), Jill D. Block, Robert Olen Butler, Lee Child, Nicholas Christopher, Michael Connelly, 1956-, Jeffery Deaver, Craig Ferguson, 1962-, Stephen King, 1947-, Joe R. Lansdale, 1951-, Gail Levin, 1948-, Warren Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, 1938-, Kris Nelscott, Jonathan Santlofer, 1946-, Justin Scott
  • Girlie show /
  • Megan Abbott
  • The story of Caroline /
  • Jill D. Block
  • Soir Bleu /
  • Robert Olen Butler
  • The truth about what happened /
  • Lee Child
  • Rooms by the sea /
  • Nicholas Christopher
  • Nighthawks /
  • Michael Connelly
  • The incident of 10 November /
  • Jeffery Deaver
  • Taking care of business /
  • Craig Ferguson
  • The music room /
  • Stephen King
  • The projectionist /
  • Joe R. Lansdale
  • The preacher collects /
  • Gail Levin
  • Office at night /
  • Warren Moore
  • The woman in the window /
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Still life 1931 /
  • Kris Nelscott
  • Night windows /
  • Jonathan Santlofer
  • A woman in the sun /
  • Justin Scott
  • Autumn at the automat /
  • Lawrence Block.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Intrigued by how Edward Hopper's "work resonates profoundly" with readers and writers, given the intensity of his brooding paintings' aura of inner turmoil and bleak expectancy, Block invited fellow mystery writers and other literary luminariesto pick a Hopper painting and write a story inspired by it. The 17 results are searing and ensnaring, clever, erotic, and disquieting tales of anger and subterfuge, desperation and revenge. Some focus on the artist himself, including Megan Abbott's "Girlie Show," an indicting yet triumphant interpretation of the famously contentious Hopper marriage. Others stories focus on the figures in the paintings, including two more tales of hidden female power: Jonathan Santlofer's "Night Windows" and Joyce Carol Oates' "The Woman in the Window." Surveillance is the theme in several tales, including Jeffery Deaver's surprising, funny, and dire Cold War plea for leniency. Stephen King turns an oppressive domestic scene into a shockingly macabre story of Great Depression survival. Hopper biographer Gail Levin, editor of a similar collection, The Poetry of Solitude: A Tribute to Edward Hopper (1995), contributed a delectably unnerving story based on a rather astonishing aspect of Hopper's legacy. Robert Olen Butler, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Justin Scott, and Block himself also appear in this lushly illustrated, darkly alluring, deliciously unnerving union of art and story. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In this well-curated collection, 17 authors submit stories inspired by paintings from American realist artist Edward Hopper (1882–1967). As Block notes in the foreword, various genres "or no genre at all" are represented; some "spring directly from the canvas"; others "rebound obliquely" from the chosen painting. Color plates accompany each tale. Standout stories include Jeffery Deaver's clever use of Hopper's Hotel by a Railroad in "The Incident of 10 November," told by a doomed Soviet apparatchik; Lee Child's "The Truth About What Happened," based on Hopper's Hotel Lobby, and rendered in the author's trademark terse, ironic style; Michael Connelly's "Nighthawks," which features Hopper's most famous painting and Connelly's Harry Bosch on assignment in Chicago; Joe R. Lansdale's gothic "The Projectionist," the longest and most fleshed-out entry (New York Movie); Craig Ferguson's wry Lansdale-esque elder-buddy story, "Taking Care of Business" (South Truro Church); and Joyce Carol Oates's excruciatingly interior will-she-or-will-he tale, "The Woman in the Window" (Eleven A.M.). Other contributors include Hopper biographer Gail Levin; Megan Abbott and Jonathan Santlofer, who both explore abusive relationships and the male gaze; Stephen King, with a cheerful murderous couple; and Block, whose perfect down-and-out tale ends the volume. VERDICT A nice-looking book for Hopper fans and short story readers, this title would also make a great gift.—Liz French, Library Journal [Page 82]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Iconic American painter Edward Hopper serves as muse for editor Block and an impressive array of 16 other writers—including Megan Abbott, Robert Olen Butler, Lee Child, and Jeffery Deaver—who select their favorite Hopper paintings to inspire a short story. In "The Music Room," contributor Stephen King, who happens to own a reproduction of Room in New York, 1932, turns that work's seemingly innocent domestic scene—a man at a table reading a newspaper, a woman nearby striking a note on an upright piano—into a gruesome tableau involving a macabre scheme to stay ahead of the Great Depression. In a similar noir vein, for Joyce Carol Oates, Eleven A.M., 1926 (which depicts a naked woman seated in a comfortable chair staring out of a city window) inspires a suspenseful duel of murderous intentions as a mistress waits for her married lover to appear in "The Woman in the Window." In "The Preacher Collects," Hopper historian Gail Levin weighs in with a fictional tale (in which she plays a minor role) based on her scholarly research, depicting the nefarious means by which Rev. Arthayer R. Sanborn comes to own a cache of Hopper's works. Block tops off this remarkable collection with "Autumn at the Automat," inspired by Automat, 1927, in which a young woman has a clever strategy that will keep her flush in rent money, possibly for years. (Dec.) Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A newly commissioned anthology of 17 stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper is complemented by quality full-color reproductions and includes contributions by such forefront authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King and Lee Child.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A truly unprecedented literary achievement by author and editor Lawrence Block, a newly-commissioned anthology of seventeen superbly-crafted stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, including Jeffery Deaver, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Lee Child, and Robert Olen Butler, among many others."Edward Hopper is surely the greatest American narrative painter. His work bears special resonance for writers and readers, and yet his paintings never tell a story so much as they invite viewers to find for themselves the untold stories within." So says Lawrence Block, who has invited seventeen outstanding writers to join him in an unprecedented anthology of brand-new stories: In Sunlight or In Shadow. The results are remarkable and range across all genres, wedding literary excellence to storytelling savvy. Contributors include Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, Michael Connelly, Megan Abbott, Craig Ferguson, Nicholas Christopher, Jill D. Block, Joe R. Lansdale, Spider Robinson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Warren Moore, Jonathan Santlofer, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, and Lawrence Block himself. Even Gail Levin, Hopper's biographer and compiler of his catalogue raisonée, appears with her own first work of fiction, providing a true account of art theft on a grand scale and told in the voice of the country preacher who perpetrated the crime. In a beautifully produced anthology as befits such a collection of acclaimed authors, each story is illustrated with a quality full-color reproduction of the painting that inspired it.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A truly unprecedented literary achievement by author and editor Lawrence Block, a newly-commissioned anthology of seventeen superbly-crafted stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, including Jeffery Deaver, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Lee Child, and Robert Olen Butler, among many others."Edward Hopper is surely the greatest American narrative painter. His work bears special resonance for writers and readers, and yet his paintings never tell a story so much as they invite viewers to find for themselves the untold stories within." So says Lawrence Block, who has invited seventeen outstanding writers to join him in an unprecedented anthology of brand-new stories: In Sunlight or In Shadow. The results are remarkable and range across all genres, wedding literary excellence to storytelling savvy. Contributors include Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, Michael Connelly, Megan Abbott, Craig Ferguson, Nicholas Christopher, Jill D. Block, Joe R. Lansdale, Spider Robinson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Warren Moore, Jonathan Santlofer, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, and Lawrence Block himself. Even Gail Levin, Hopper's biographer and compiler of his catalogue raisonée, appears with her own first work of fiction, providing a true account of art theft on a grand scale and told in the voice of the country preacher who perpetrated the crime. In a beautifully produced anthology as befits such a collection of acclaimed authors, each story is illustrated with a quality full-color reproduction of the painting that inspired it.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A truly unprecedented literary achievement by author and editor Lawrence Block, a newly-commissioned anthology of seventeen superbly-crafted stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, including Jeffery Deaver, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Lee Child, and Robert Olen Butler, among many others.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In Sunlight or In Shadow