City of the Lost,
This review is from: Loisaida -- A New York Story (Kindle Edition)
This stunning novel could also be titled City of the Lost as there is not a single character in it who is not lost in some way. Marion's background as an oral storyteller shines through in the voice of each character as they tell their own stories, and in the voice of the city of which they are all a part. In a way, this novel is a loving portrait of a place -- New York's lower east side -- and a time -- the 1980s, before the influx of yuppies and the advent of the internet. It is a masterful mosaic painted from the full spectrum of the human psyche.
Marion has full mastery of all of the literary techniques of the Twentieth century -- modernist, post-modernist, beat, punk. And here she unobtrusively applies all of these techniques to achieve her goals, elevating the noir thriller to an art form, revealing the depth of human frailty and self-conceit, and above all painting the mural of an urban region as diverse as it is dirty.
You'll be picking the grit out of your teeth for a long time after reading this one. And you will find yourself unable to put it down, unless it is to applaud the author on a job well done.