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Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers

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Joyce Carol Oates pulls out all the stops in this chilling female-centric noir collection featuring brand-new writing from Margaret Atwood, Aimee Bender, Edwidge Danticat, and more.

Joyce Carol Oates, a queenpin of the noir genre, has brought her keen and discerning eye to the curation of an outstanding anthology of brand-new top-shelf short stories (and poems by Margaret
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Paperback, 234 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Akashic Books
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Lou
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of These Nights by Livia Llewellyn

“It’s time to get wet” in Tacoma young women, friends, and a father in car about to go to a pool.
The girls go for a swim, some friends just go too far and then there is the rivalry and stepping into adulthood, but they are still fifteen partaking in things that are just not right and fitting of an age of fifteen.
Contained within girls in a friendship, being favorites and new ones interloping, along with leadership and toxic rivalry and something else also
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Andrea Stoeckel
This anthology of thriller and crime written by women will trigger reaction, good or bad. For myself, the most interesting part of the book is Joyce Carrol Oates’ introduction that lays the foundations for contemporary women authors’ “spin” on crimes that often lead in gruesome death.

These stories are ironic, macabre, twisted, angry, and in a strange way, humorous. The editor speaks truth that women don’t usually write in this trophe and even quotes the irony from Margaret Atwood: “In the old
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Pamela
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Editor Joyce Carol Oates presents fifteen short stories and a small collection of noir poems. Oates’ introduction is worth the price of the book because it is stunningly written, and a precise and concise description of the state of noir writing and an introduction to today’s noir written by women writers.

In her introduction, Oates points out that for too long noir has been male dominated both because it was the domain by men and because men are the heroes. Oates also points out that the times
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Glenda
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
3.5 stars

I had mixed feelings about this collection. Some of the stories were total stand-outs ( Assassin by Joyce Carol Oates, A History of the World in Five Objects by S. J. Rozan, and Too Many Lunatics by Lucy Taylor are the first ones to come to mind), but there were others I just didn't care for. Not that they weren't well-written, I just didn't connect with them the same way I did with the others. Overall a strong showing and one I would still recommend, even with my lack of enthusiasm
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Valerie
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cutting Edge: New Stories of Mystery and Crime by Women Writers
Joyce Carol Oates, Editor Akashic Books, Publisher

A review by Valerie J. Brooks, author of Revenge in 3 Parts

Women writers of crime, mystery, and noir have been kicking their male counterparts in the keister lately. Evidence of this is Akashic Books’ outstanding new anthology Cutting Edge. In the world of noir, Akashic wears the publishing crown of noir, from novels to over 100 noir anthologies set in cities around the world.

In this
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Diana
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
CUTTING EDGE: NEW STORIES OF MYSTERY AND CRIME BY WOMEN WRITERS is a noir anthology edited by Joyce Carol Oates. It is a new offering by Akashic Books and has a similar format to its very popular and excellent Noir series. CUTTING EDGE differs in that it tells its ‘stories’ with a “defiantly female, indeed feminist, perspective”.

“Is there a distinctive female noir? Is there, as some have argued, a distinctive female voice, differing essentially from the male voice?” (p.5)
CUTTING EDGE answers
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Alex (gray__pages__616)
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 for this wonderful short story collection written by a group of strong female writers! I flew through this in just a couple of days, and really connected with most of the stories in the collection. Some favorites in the book are:

One of These Nights by Livia Llewelyn
A History of the World in 5 Objects by SJ Rozan
The Hunger by Lisa Lim
Thief by Steph Cha
Six Poems by Margaret Atwood

These are just a few of many good stories in this book. If you love crime and mystery written by some fantastic
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Nat
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a little iffy sometimes on short stories, if they don't capture my attention from the get-go they can be sort of painful to get through. Luckily, almost all of these were well-written and engaging. There were definitely some stand-outs here: the Oates piece of course, and I liked Miss Martin and Too Many Lunatics as well. But nothing here was bad, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who's a fan of mysteries or creepy stories. Additionally, Oates' intro at the beginning of the book ...more
Teresa
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girl-power
One of my favorite collection of short stories I've read in a long time! Wonderful poetry from Atwood, but Oates' story was probably my favorite of the entire collection. However, at the end of every story I always found myself wanting more, needing to be immersed in the worlds of these women just a bit longer. I would recommend for anyone that is interested in mysteries, crime, women committing crime, thrillers.
Doris Raines
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
THATS SO TRUE THE MAN IS NOT ALWAYS THE VICTIM. I SURELY AGREE WITH THAT.
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She is also the recipient of the 2005 Prix Femina for The Falls. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, and she has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. Pseudonyms ... Rosamond Smith and ...more