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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon August 4, 2014 - 6:14am

'Noir: A Love Story' by edward j rathke

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Synopsis: Noir: A Love Story is a detective novel without a detective, a polyphonic shift between twenty-six perspectives in an attempt to find the truth behind two deaths: a young woman burned alive at a crowded intersection, and a man hanging lifeless from an ancient tree. From modern America to an ancient culture lost in its depths, from faith to nationalism, a cacophony of men and women who never knew these two-and the few that almost did-tell a story of lives transformed, one town that exists nowhere, and what it means to have a dream.

Author: edward j rathke is the writer of Ash Cinema [KUBOA Press, 2012], Twilight of the Wolves [Perfect Edge Books, 2014], and Noir: A Love Story [Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2014]. He is an editor at The Lit Pub and Monkeybicycle. More of his work may be found at edwardjrathke.com.

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I've known Eddy for a long time. And I've been able to see his writing evolve and get better over the years. His skill shines through no matter what he writes. And he writes a lot. He was one of the most productive people when ManArchy was up and running. And he's probably one of the most productive people I know.

I hope you all enjoy this one.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life August 4, 2014 - 12:17pm

Gotta say, based on the synopsis, this sounds pretty great.

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Cmangano from Maine August 4, 2014 - 4:18pm

I'm new to this site and am wondering if you need to be a paying member to join the book club?

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon August 4, 2014 - 6:08pm

Nope. Just post in the discussion threads.

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Cmangano from Maine August 4, 2014 - 8:15pm

I just ordered the book on amazon, choosing the 3-5 day shipping option. I then got an email saying it will be here September 2nd.. Whether I make it on here in time or not, I hope everyone enjoys the book.

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things August 4, 2014 - 9:30pm

If you don't get the book on time, you can just join discussion when you finish it. We don't lock the doors mid-month. Fire hazard.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon August 5, 2014 - 5:11am

I'm sure you will get the book before that. Amazon likes to post outrageous dates like that to screw over indie publishers for some reason. Every time I've ordered a Broken River Book, the exact same thing has happened. It says the book will be here in a month and in a little over a week, the book shows up.

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon September 3, 2014 - 1:34pm

Discussion has officially started on this one (yeah yeah, I'm sorry I'm a couple days late).

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Eddy Rathke September 4, 2014 - 7:26am

I'm the writer of this little novel and I thought I'd stop join in on the discussion this month. So I can probably field many questions anyone might have about the novel.

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NikKorpon from Baltimore is reading Book and books and books and September 16, 2014 - 9:30am

Can't remember if I asked you about this a while ago, but how the hell did you manage to conceive, organize and maintaion 26 perspectives? My brain would've broke after chapter five.

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NikKorpon from Baltimore is reading Book and books and books and September 16, 2014 - 9:31am

And what impresses me too is that it's not just people perspectives, it's cultural and chronological perspectives that shirft and swirl and mutate. 

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Eddy Rathke September 17, 2014 - 12:57pm

This was actually the first novel I ever finished, and all those narrators, all those shifts, they're what make sense to me. I have an incredibly difficult time sticking with a single narrator long because it doesn't make sense to look at anything from one perspective, and so I jump around, because that's how life feels to me, and that's how memory works.

The novel was written with no expectation and in a pretty random order. The biggest part of editing was figuring out the order to put these narrators to create the most dynamic reading experience. But, like, the very first chapter was probably the tenth one written and the last chapter was, I think, the fifth one written.

So I guess I did it this way because it feels natural and normal to me to tell a story this way, haha. I've yet to complete a novel that just sticks with one narrator or one character, but I keep trying [am working on two right now, even].

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life September 17, 2014 - 1:23pm

Man, I really want to read this. Damn you, Amazon!

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Eddy Rathke September 17, 2014 - 1:50pm

Amazon says it ships in 1 to 3 weeks, but that's what amazon does for most indie press books. If you order it today, it should arrive as quickly as if you bought the new Murakami.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life November 13, 2014 - 8:47am

So I finally got the book and read it. Better late than never. Question for Eddy: After you finished editing and were shopping this around, did you get any resistance to the type of story it was or the structure? Did you do any additional editing based on that? Or did you target a publisher you knew would be interested in this type of story?

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Eddy Rathke December 29, 2014 - 10:31am

Glad to see someone read it, haha.

This was the first novel I wrote so I guess a lot of those concerns, even when I tried to get it published, were pretty distant to me. But this is kind of how the timeline went:

September 2010--finish novel

May 2011--sent manuscript to about five agents [never heard back]

Fall 2011--sent to Two Dollar Radio

Fall 2013--sent to Civil Coping Mechanisms and got an acceptance pretty quickly. Because I never heard back from Two Dollar Radio, I sent them an email to let them know it was being published elsewhere and then got the kindest email from a publisher I've received! I assumed he rejected it because of the silence and the amount of time they had it, but I guess he hadn't made up his mind yet, haha. 

So I guess I was in no rush and the first publisher I directly sent it to was the publisher I most wanted [and is still on my list of places I most want to see one of my novels]. 

I suppose I'm a bad judge of my own books because I think of this as the most commercial book I've yet written, though it certainly has a lot of structural experiments. I think the prose is very straightforward and clear and readable though, so in many ways it's the book of mine that's most friendly to the reader.

But, yeah, I've read the novel probably close to forty times since first writing it, always intending to make a lot of edits, but it's remained largely untouched [except for typos and so on] since I first edited it.