The Chintz Age, a top 10 Small Press Fiction Bestseller, a LEO Weekly 2015 Must Read Book, and a New York Public Library Recommended Read, can be purchased online from: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com and from Small Press Distributors.
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In seven stories and a novella, Ed Hamilton takes on this clash of cultures between the old and the new, as his characters are forced to confront their own obsolescence in the face of this rapidly surging capitalist juggernaut. Ranging over the whole panorama of New York neighborhoods—from the East Village to Hell’s Kitchen, and from the Bowery to Washington Heights—Hamilton weaves a spellbinding web of urban mythology. Punks, hippies, beatniks, squatters, junkies, derelicts, and anarchists—the entire pantheon of urban demigods—gambol through a grungy subterranean Elysium of dive bars, cheap diners, flophouses, and shooting galleries, searching for meaning and a place to make their stand. Click to order!
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Read an excerpt from "A Bowery Romance".
“A Bowery Romance” is taken from the longest story in the book, an 80-page novella entitled “The Retro-Seventies Manhattan Dream Apartment.” It’s a story about the cutthroat competition for living space in New York City, which is why I thought it appropriate to begin with a tour of the lowest rung of rental accommodations, the infamous SROs, or single resident occupancy hotels, of The Bowery, New York’s skid row.
As may be evident from the ending of the excerpt, the story is about to take a somewhat surreal turn. Having failed to consummate their affair in the flophouse, Mike and Brandy are headed uptown, way uptown to Washington Heights, to try their luck in Mike’s sumptuous Rent Stabilized Apartment, a space which occupies a full floor in a large tenement building, and for which Mike—who has lived in the space since childhood, maintaining the retro decor—pays next to nothing in rent. As gradually becomes apparent, Brandy has picked up Mike as part of a scheme to improve her housing conditions: she intends to steal Mike’s apartment.
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