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Killing Williamsburg [Kindle Edition]

Bradley Spinelli
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In 1999, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg is hit by an epidemic of suicide. The burgeoning hipster enclave rapidly becomes a macabre spectacle, witnessed and deftly described by Benson, a reflexively cynical Gen-Xer and New York transplant. As his friends kill themselves off and the “Bug” spreads to Manhattan, Benson forms a crew to clean up the mess of his adopted city, fighting against hopelessness. A testament to the human spirit, Killing Williamsburg follows in the haunting tradition set by Albert Camus’ The Plague and José Saramago’s Blindness.

About the Author

Bradley Spinelli was born in North Dakota. His play Elusive was presented by the National New Playwrights Network, Denver, and by 13th Street Repertory, NYC; Pretty Mouth was produced at the Duplex, NYC. He was a semifinalist for the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Competition. His short fiction appeared in The Sparkle Street Social and Athletic Club and Le Chat Noir. An excerpt of this novel appeared in Sensitive Skin. Spinelli is currently working on a novel set in Bangkok. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615801412
  • Publisher: Le Chat Noir; 1 edition (29 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CXAHLPW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #904,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 1 Sep 2013
By Kirsty
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This book was amazing from beginning to end. It is witty, sharp and fast paced, I read it in a day as I couldn't put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Thing I've Read In A While 21 May 2013
Format:Paperback
Spinelli is incredibly creative and had me gripped by a storyline that was not only unique but also impossible to pause. I read the book from start to finish in one sitting, simply because I couldn't not. The book is so racey and full of drama, that you constantly NEED to know the why, what and how. Superb read!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Mirror 28 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Killing Williamsburg is a darkly lyrical book that follows the New York City exploits of a Holden Caulfieldesq nihilistic thirty something by the name of Benson. We find Benson new to the city and rapidly going broke due to lack of employment and a taste for bars and drugs. His neighbourhood, Williamsburg, a subsection of Brooklyn, is rapidly displacing its traditional working class, immigrant and poor artist residents with yuppies and trustafarians. Benson ignores his own status as an articulate white man who only recently took up residence there and rails against the other newcomers who he sees as the underserved receivers of societal privilege. His vitriol toward the suits and idle rich lessons as he develops a circle of friends and finds employment but he remains an outsider, a hustler who takes us on a backstage tour of the social events of the elite.

NYC is the heart of American capitalism and in this book capitalism is the heart of America. However, where as the critique of the city is manifested as the sickness of the anti-hero of the Catcher in the Rye and is internalised, Killing Williamsburg externalises with the metaphor of an unexplained wave of suicides.

This is not a book about a plague. Don't expect the narrative to switch to a team from the Centre for Disease Control. It's about the American Dream: there is no nobility in American suicide because it presupposes that things won't get better and hope is what the country was built on. It is un-American. It is embarrassing.

The descriptions of the violence is baroquely reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah movies and the book pulls off the trick of making a central character for which we are both repulsed and entranced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark Mirror 10 Jun 2013
By M. T. Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
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Killing Williamsburg is a darkly lyrical book that follows the New York City exploits of a Holden Caulfieldesq nihilistic thirty something by the name of Benson. We find Benson new to the city and rapidly going broke due to lack of employment and a taste for bars and drugs. His neighbourhood, Williamsburg, a subsection of Brooklyn, is rapidly displacing its traditional working class, immigrant and poor artist residents with yuppies and trustafarians. Benson ignores his own status as an articulate white man who only recently took up residence there and rails against the other newcomers who he sees as the underserved receivers of societal privilege. His vitriol toward the suits and idle rich lessons as he develops a circle of friends and finds employment but he remains an outsider, a hustler who takes us on a backstage tour of the social events of the elite.

NYC is the heart of American capitalism and in this book capitalism is the heart of America. However, where as the critique of the city is manifested as the sickness of the anti-hero of the Catcher in the Rye and is internalised, Killing Williamsburg externalises with the metaphor of an unexplained wave of suicides.

This is not a book about a plague. Don't expect the narrative to switch to a team from the Centre for Disease Control. It's about the American Dream: there is no nobility in American suicide because it presupposes that things won't get better and hope is what the country was built on. It is un-American. It is embarrassing.

The descriptions of the violence is baroquely reminiscent of Sam Peckinpah movies and the book pulls off the trick of making a central character for which we are both repulsed and entranced.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intelligent Thriller 2 Jun 2013
By Jeremy Cole - Published on Amazon.com
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In "Killing Williamsburg," author Bradley Spinelli imagines a fin-de-twentieth-siècle New York, in which a mysterious epidemic develops, threatening to destroy the entire city. Though set before 9/11, it nevertheless presages those days following the event, when New Yorkers pulled together in a show of solidarity that gave the lie to the stereotype of the unsympathetic New Yorker. Acts of human kindness abounded in those days, as they do in this page-turner, though the form that "kindness" takes may surprise and disturb you. In this compelling tale, Spinelli has crafted a thriller - very nearly a horror story - but one that thankfully plays against type: there are no car chases, no explosions, no bombs defused seconds before detonation - no, the standard tropes do not apply. Instead, we are rewarded with a situation in which there are no easy answers - no miraculous solutions. The central character is not the scientist who has a miraculous cure, he is not a spy, a detective or the ever-popular ex-policeman. And he does not save the world against all odds - and yet, the conclusion is a satisfying one - if not exactly "happy" (Spinelli excels in ambiguity). The secondary characters, also, defy easy categorization and are allowed to be individuals - not merely types. You have to admire a novel that is truly novel - not merely a re-tread of prior stories. I can honestly say that I have never read a book quite like this one. Most horrifying is the fact that every thing in this story - even the mysterious epidemic - could actually happen. And THAT is something to keep you awake at night.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lyrical masterpiece 10 Sep 2013
By S. Sper - Published on Amazon.com
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Such a pleasure to read. The witty, intelligent writing takes you through a raw New York neighborhood that descends into a dark place. I couldn't put it down after the first 15 pages.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for all New Yorkers! 29 July 2013
By BenDz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Just finished "Killing Williamsburg" by 'Trace' Bradley Spinelli - just amazing. I haven't had the chance to read a book in a long time, and I'm glad this was the one. If I were pitching this to a movie studio, it would be "Catcher in the Rye meets the Apocalypse". Only with better writing. You are with the main character all the way for one hell of a ride. If you live in New York, it's a must-read. Fantastic work, Bradley!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Rockin'! 27 Jun 2013
By Eva Zeppa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Spinelli's Killing Williamsburg is as stingingly honest as a fresh wound. And I mean that in the very best of ways. This book possesses the whole profound shebang: unforgettable characters, powerful suspense, and a warped sense of humor that mates with the twisted plot and creates a story that swings from tenderly grotesque to shockingly, and surprisingly, optimistic. The author's almost alien-like powers of human observation are second-to-none and if my world were violently and mysteriously falling apart, I'd want none other than Bradley Spinelli to narrate its collapse. The author may have been born in North Dakota, but it's obvious that his soul was pounded and risen and baked in New York City. It's in his veins, in his balls, and he manages to transmit Brooklyn's sick charm to readers everywhere, a bit like a quick shot of highly urbanized literary smack.
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