September Book Club Selection: 'Noir: A Love Story' by Edward J. Rathke

LitReactor Book Club

Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club. For September we will be reading and discussing Noir: A Love Story by Edward J. Rathke.

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 can be found at

Discussion for Noir: A Love Story will kick off on September 1st, but you should pick up the book and start reading ASAP!  (We've provided a handy link below). Once you're locked and loaded, you can announce your presence in the Book Club. (No invitation needed!)  That thread is where all discussion about the book will go down.

If you read our August Book Club selection, A Swollen Red Sun by Matthew McBride, make sure you check out that thread as discussion there has officially started.

Happy reading!

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Joshua Chaplinsky

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Joshua Chaplinsky is the Managing Editor of LitReactor. He is the author of The Paradox Twins (CLASH Books), the story collection Whispers in the Ear of A Dreaming Ape, and the parody Kanye West—Reanimator. His short fiction has been published by Vice, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Thuglit, Severed Press, Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, Broken River Books, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @jaceycockrobin. More info at and

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine August 5, 2014 - 1:20pm

Based on the synopsis, this sounds really cool.