Description
One sweltering night, in a neighborhood on the cusp of change, boy meets girl. If they’d only gone home together, they might still be alive.

The core of this gritty, only in New York-story was inspired by real events – a beautiful, aspiring dancer slain, her corpse dismembered, possibly fed to the homeless in Tompkins Square Park. The psychotic roommate has confessed, but a dilettante actor turned journalist thinks there’s more to it and investigates. Soon one of his sources mentions he might have better luck gaining trust if he’d shoot dope.

Welcome to New York’s East Village, aka Loisaida, circa 1988. Meet your neighbors — artists, dreamers, hustlers, devil worshipers, anarchists, junkies and yuppies — all competing for breathing space in a city without air. It’s the era of greed, when the poor are objects of scorn not sympathy, and the gentrifiers view themselves as urban pioneers. This is a story about sex and drugs and real estate. This is a story about a murder…

Like Last Exit to Brooklyn and Bonfire of the Vanities, Loisaida is told through multiple POVs woven together by the mystery surrounding a brutal crime and one man’s pursuit of what he believes will be the story of a lifetime.





Praise and Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, hard-edged fiction, July 21, 2010
By Mr. David J. Enever "JD Revene" (Sydney/Wollongong Australia) -   
This review is from: Loisaida -- A New York Story (Kindle Edition)
Loisada is American fiction at it's best. Written with confidence, keen literary sensibilities, but an accesible and easy to read style. This is one of those books that once you start reading you will find it very hard to stop. From the powerful opening to the satisfying conclusion I found myself turning pages at a rate of knots. There's depth to the story too that left me thinking afterwards. The world of Loisada is complex, there are no heroes and few things are black and white.

Thoroughly recommended to all lovers of good modern writing.


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Marion Stein
Marion Stein is a native New Yorker who returned to her hometown in September 2001 after living many other places. She has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence as well  More...
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