Friday, June 19, 2015

Bitter Bronx by Jerome Charyn - Book Review and Giveaway

Bitter Bronx is another fine literary achievement from the talented pen of Jerome Charyn. With this collection of thirteen stories, Charyn depicts a Bronx forever changed by Robert Moses and his destruction of the borough he believed he could rescue by dividing it with a highway, destroying entire neighborhoods in his quest.

No stranger to Charyn's work, I eagerly signed up for this tour. His ability to evoke such strong emotions through his characters is second to none and his eloquent prose draws you in from the start.

These characters are flawed in such a way that you wish to close the book and tuck it away; but like the scene of a horrific accident, you can't help but peer into these people's lives as they struggle against poverty, greed, perversions, and organized crime. This is a world of war widows and mobsters, of insanity and depression, of a Bronx forever divided into north and south.

Every word of this collection shouts New York: what I've come to love, what intrigues me as I walk its streets, what makes me shake my head in confusion.

Charyn remains one of the greatest and most influential literary geniuses of our time.

Highly recommended.

Genre: Short Stories
June 15, 2015


$12.59 ebook, $24.95 hardcover


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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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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Tribute Books Blog Tours. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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1 comment:

Tribute Books said...

I loved every word of your review, Cheryl. So well done! :)