French Quarter Fiction: The Newest Stories of America's Oldest BohemiaPaperback
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- Publisher: Light of New Orleans Publishing, LLC
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 33mm | 567g
- Publication date: 29 September 2005
- Publication City/Country: New Orleans
- ISBN 10: 0971407673
- ISBN 13: 9780971407671
Branching across every genre, from mystery and romance to flash fiction and prose poetry, this anthology features the works by writers on the heart of New Orleans. It features Ellen Gilchrist, Richard Ford, Robert Olen Butler, Julie Smith, and Valerie Martin, among others. The characters in these works wander from the 18th-century New World.
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"The past keeps rising up here; the water table is too high. All around the Quarter groups of tourists float like clumps of sewage. The black carriage drivers pull their fringed carts full of white people from nowhere up to the corner outside and tell them how Jean Lafitte and Andrew Jackson plotted things out, as if the driver knew them personally. The conventioneers sit under the carriage awning, looking around with the crazed, vacant stare of babies, shaded by history, then move on. The sun is getting higher, the shadows are shortening, the moisture is steaming off the sidewalks. The Schubert, or Debussy, or whatever it is, has turned into an oboe rhapsody, with French horns and bassoons quacking and palmetto bugs crawling across the tile floor, making clicking sounds that I can't hear because the music is too loud. If she didn't love me, why didn't she just tell me so?"