In Sunlight Or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper

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Edited by Lawrence Block

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Artist: Edward Hopper
Featuring full-color reproductions of the 17 paintings by Edward Hopper that inspired the stories!

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, Justin Scott, 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 high-quality reproduction of the painting that inspired it!

Table of Contents:

  • "Foreword: Before We Begin..." by Lawrence Block
  • "Girlie Show" by Megan Abbott
  • "The Story of Caroline" by Jill D. Block
  • "Soir Bleu" by Robert Olen Butler
  • "The Truth About what Happened" by Lee Child
  • "Rooms By the Sea" by Nicholas Christopher
  • "Nighthawks" by Michael Connelly
  • "The Incident of 10 November" by Jeffery Deaver
  • "Taking Care of Business" by Craig Ferguson
  • "The Music Room" by Stephen King
  • "The Projectionist" by Joe R. Lansdale
  • "The Preacher Collects" by Gail Levin
  • "Office At Night" by Warren Moore
  • "The Woman In the Window" by Joyce Carol Oates
  • "Still Life" by Kris Nelscott
  • "Night Windows" by Jonathan Santlofer
  • "A Woman In the Sun" by Justin Scott
  • "Autumn At the Automat" by Lawrence Block

 Limited Edition Specifications:

  • Limited to just 750 signed and numbered copies
  • Personally signed by the editor on a unique signature page
  • Printed on 60# acid-free paper
  • Bound in full-cloth with colored head and tail bands
  • Featuring hot foil stamping on the front boards and spine
  • Printed and bound with full-color endpapers
  • Featuring full-color reproductions of the 17 paintings by Edward Hopper that inspired the stories!
  • Smyth sewn to create a more durable binding
  • Wrapped in a full-color dust jacket
  • Limited ONE TIME printing of this special edition


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