In Sunlight or In Shadow (Special Limited Edition)

In Sunlight or In Shadow (Special Limited Edition)

  • Editor: Lawrence Block
  • Artist: Edward Hopper
  • Page Count: 264
  • Pub. Date: Forthcoming
  • Status: Out of Print

This item is Out of Print and will not be available for purchase again.


Featuring ORIGINAL STORIES by Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Connelly, Megan Abbott, Craig Ferguson, Joe R. Lansdale, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, Robert Olen Butler, Nicholas Christopher, Jill D. Block, Justin Scott, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Warren Moore, Jonathan Santlofer, and Lawrence Block inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper!

In Sunlight or In Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper
edited by Lawrence Block

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

About the Book:
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!

Please Note:
We're offering an optional slipcase for this signed Limited Edition hardcover. Some collectors like them for their special books, and this slipcase will be custom-made just for this title!

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

Published as a Hardcover Limited Edition:
• 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
• Retail price just $60!

"PW StarBlock invited fellow mystery writers and other literary luminaries to pick a Hopper painting and write a story inspired by it. The 17 results are searing and ensnaring, clever, erotic, and disquieting tales of anger and subterfuge, desperation and revenge. A lushly illustrated, darkly alluring, deliciously unnerving union of art and story."
Booklist (starred review)

"Edward Hopper, the painter of American loneliness, inspires a selection of short stories from a host of notable writers. This strong collection begins in a spirit of homage but winds up showing how powerful inspiration can be."
Kirkus Reviews

"Iconic American painter Edward Hopper serves as muse for editor Block and an impressive array of 16 other writers who select their favorite paintings to inspire a short story. A remarkable collection."
Publishers Weekly

Lawrence Block has been writing award-winning mystery and suspense fiction for half a century. His newest book is The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes. His other recent novels include The Burglar Who Counted the Spoons, Hit Me, and A Drop of the Hard Stuff, featuring Matthew Scudder, brilliantly embodied by Liam Neeson in the new film "A Walk Among The Tombstones." He's well known for his books for writers, including the classic Telling Lies For Fun & Profit and Write For Your Life, and he has recently published The Crime of Our Lives, a collection of his writings about the mystery genre and its practitioners. He has also written episodic television ("Tilt!") and the Wong Kar-wai film "My Blueberry Nights." His dozen previous anthologies include Manhattan Noir, Manhattan Noir 2, and Dark City Lights. He lives in New York.

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