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Between Here and the Yellow Sea Hardcover – 16 May 2006

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: MacAdam/Cage Publishing (16 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596921684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596921689
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Outsider on 16 July 2014
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The author of the compelling True Detectives cut his teeth on short stories, and this is his first published book. While not as dark as that slice of noir (his first novel, Galveston from 2010 IS), this volume features compelling stories, beautifully wrought by a writer of some accomplishment. This volume contains a prize winning story from the Atlantic Monthly (the title story), a fascinating tale of a washed up football coach and one of his now grown students on a mission to rescue the coach's daughter from a life appearing in hard core porn. It is told in simple, elegant prose, and is moving and insightful.

The collection kicks off with a tale of a base-jumping park ranger who is joined by a young girl who also wishes to soar above St. Louis. Love grounds him, forcing him to realise the danger of his hobby. It ends with a wonderful tale, set in the 1920's, of a stained glass artist who becomes the love interest of a visiting English girl in mourning over the loss of her unnamed husband in the First World War. All of the stories are interesting, and some have the now familiar mystic flavour of True Detective.

Pizzolatto is a name to watch - at once literary, but as we have seen in Galveston and True Detective, a talent for pulp, or at least noir subject matter. I have added him to my list.
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Iliked the true detective and these stories are also well written with a definite sense of time and place
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Williams on 1 April 2014
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Quite simply the best collection of short stories I have ever read. Every single story is a masterpiece, beautifully written and mesmerising.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
"An answer isn't the same thing as a solution." 23 May 2006
By Luan Gaines - Published on
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Pizzolatto has compiled a series of short stories that are inspired and fresh, a mix of the disaffected, reaching between past and present in search of lost connections, fathers and sons, sons and mothers, young people searching for identity from the detritus of often chaotic childhoods. There is a contrast between the expectations of youth and the disillusionment of lives hard-lived, parents who have abandoned, inappropriate role models, the easy physical attractions of young love. Each protagonist addresses a personal crisis, craving identity in a too often unfriendly world. Some are misfits, others merely sorting through limited choices and family issues.

In "Ghost Birds", a young BASE diver seeks to reconcile the present with the fears of the past: "What we think is a gesture of freedom... is a symptom of our cage." In another ("Amy's Watch"), a young woman is trapped in an impossible conundrum, fighting the ghost of her sister for the affections of a man who has loved them both: "She would have liked to tell [her sister] of the inheritance of haunted men she left in her wake." This prose contains a particular clarity that is refreshing, the characters well defined, particularly their interior lives, the author attending to the inner dialog as well as the obvious, subtle emotional layers that render these people visual and familiar.

The title story reveals the theme of the collection: "You have to limit your longings." In search of the missing, distraction is commonplace, sobbing inappropriately at a sad movie, betrayed by our own demons while attempting the face of normalcy. Ultimately, "an answer isn't the same as a solution". Mining the intricate territory of the interior, the author's characters are riddled with ambiguities and vague yearnings, desiring change, but surrounded by dysfunctional role models, rudderless and inept at finding solutions. Each carefully wrought story contains layers of revelations, the themes universal, isolation, loneliness, abandonment, fear and confusion. And each retains a core of insight, small vignettes of everyday people caught in the complexities of life and circumstances out of their control. Luan Gaines/ 2006.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Nic Pizzolatto is insanely talented 2 April 2014
By Eren Celeboglu - Published on
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I was blown away by True Detective and loved the story that it was it the novelistic vision of an author turned Television creator.

So after the season finale I went in search of everything else Nic Pizzolatto had written. He wrote a novel called Galveston which is next on my list, but I was so happy to discover that he'd also written a collection of short stories.

You will not be disappointed. His voice is so unique and his stories and their characters wildly original, but what really got me in the end, was the writing. His prose is both stunningly visual and visceral as well as painfully intimate. Also I could say wonderful glimmers of themes and motifs that resurfaced in true detective or were at least touched upon - our place in the universe and loneliness and shame and loss and perception and the truth and so many other beautifully brutal human experiences. This guy is the real deal and if you like stories that hit like hammers then pls dive into the Yellow Sea.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
** AMAZING LITTLE BOOK** 12 Aug. 2011
By James L. Woolridge - Published on
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This is my first book by Nic Pizzalatto. It is a book of stories in just 3000 plus kindle pages, very short. BUT..but, the writing is brilliant. Pizzalatto is one damned fine writer. While these are smiling happy stories they are so well done they draw you in to the characters. Read this one. Well worth your time. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
stunning and simple 17 Jun. 2006
By deus ex machina - Published on
Format: Hardcover
these stories are aching and filled not so much with longing PER SE as empty space, and characters moving through it, experiencing what comes with needing/wanting something seemingly unattainable. his characters, for the moments they're on the page, ring of truth and the human condition-which seems to be that of fleeting, yet deep, desire.

what's even MORE amazing about pizzolatto's writing is his ability to nurture the depths of his characters' spirits in the space of maybe 20 pages per story. he hits hard, deep, and fast, and paints scenes that will last in your memory for long after you close the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TRUE DETECTIVE's writer dazzles with this short story collection 29 July 2014
By C.B. Derrick - Published on
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Pizzolatto's televised novel TRUE DETECTIVE was the impetus to read this collection of short stories, and it's quite evident that TRUE DETECTIVE wasn't a fluke. These tales from the Golf Coast region of America (so perhaps not technically Southern Gothic) takes us into the hearts, minds and stunted dreams of a cadre of damaged individuals seeking some sort of peace... or at least acceptance of and in the world they have established for themselves.

As short stories, they impressively all hit a high bar; Pizzolatto's prose invites you into the cracked world of his characters in a visual and visceral way. Many of stories linger in the front of you mind long after you've put them down, and that's exactly what you want from any piece of narrative.
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