Bitter Bronx: Thirteen Stories

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About the Author

Jerome Charyn is the author of more than fifty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Sergeant Salinger; Cesare: A Novel of War-Torn Berlin; The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt and His Times; In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence and Song; Jerzy: A Novel; and A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century. Among other honors, his novels have been selected as finalists for the Firecracker Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Charyn has also been named a Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture and received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York.

It is no small achievement to be the Babel of the Bronx.--Leslie Epstein
Jerome Charyn is one of the most important writers in American literature.--Michael Chabon
Jerome Charyn is merely one of our finest writers, with a polymorphous imagination and crack comic timing. Whatever milieu he chooses to inhabit, his characters sizzle with life, and his sentences are pure vernacular music, his voice unmistakable.--Jonathan Lethem
Charyn constructs hella work, powerful images in condensed language. While some stories are set in the near or distant past, others feel timeless to the point of taking place just yesterday.--Douglas Lord
A borough native wrestles with con men, gangsters and the biggest villain of all--Robert Moses.... One is left with no doubt that Jerome Charyn's shriek, his war cry, his own peculiar music, was born [in the Bronx].--Abraham Socher
[Jerome Charyn] is to the Bronx what Saul Bellow, early in his career, was to Upper Broadway--bard, celebrant, mythologizer.--Jonathan Yardley
[T]here are certain constants in Charyn's work: an energetic, urbane prose, a playful approach to narrative, a fascination with history, and a downbeat, noir-ish perspective. This fatalistic outlook coexists comfortably with the ebullient verve and propulsion of his prose.... Whether writing about Yiddish theatre or silent film or movie palaces or old Bronx neighborhoods, Charyn is the curator, celebrant, and mourner of lost worlds.... The prose impresses with its accumulation of apt details, fresh diction, and serpentine syntax.... Is Charyn truly a romantic or a trickster? Hard to say on the basis of these entertaining stories: probably both. They are written with confidence, fluidity, mischievous aplomb, and a lifetime's worth of acquired literary skill. A light ironic touch peeps through these tales of doomed passion, as though the septuagenarian Charyn were mocking his own former searching for a movie-type love, his previous 'constant adolescence' of hungering for dream women.--Phillip Lopate
Charyn, like Nabokov, is that most fiendish sort of writer--so seductive as to beg imitation, so singular as to make imitation impossible.--Tom Bissell
Jerome Charyn's Bronx is a landscape of magic and passion. With...American yearning and a stage full of unforgettable characters.
Grifters, gangs, vamps, and lost souls pursue gritty lives in 'the brick wilderness of the Bronx' in this collection of tales by a veteran storyteller and native of the New York borough.... Charyn's staccato style is full of jolts, surprising observations, and turns of phrase. It works well with the rough struggle for survival and success....
Tough on the outside but tender at heart, the 13 stories in this volume serve as a nostalgic elegy to the Bronx of the past.... Mixing equal parts grit and charm, there's no need to have set foot in the Bronx to enjoy these stories.
With an almost breathless style, Charyn gives readers compelling characters who are restless, reckless and desperate.... Every single tale here is short, brutal, harrowing, heartbreaking, mesmerizing and altogether unforgettable.--Sarah Rachel Egelman