Anti-requiem: New Orleans Stories

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A collection of short fiction and essays from the author of the critically acclaimed New Orleans novel, "The Sound of Building Coffins." These stories are assembled here for the first time, including one that is previously unpublished.
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About Louis Maistros

Louis Maistros is the author of the critically acclaimed New Orleans novel, "The Sound of Building Coffins." A longtime resident of the New Orleans’ 8th Ward neighborhood, he is a former forklift operator, French Market vendor, and self-taught writer with no formal training. His work has appeared in publications such as the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the Baltimore City Paper, among others. He is also the author of a collection of short stories and essays called "Anti-requiem: New Orleans Stories by Louis Maistros," and is currently at work on his second New Orleans novel, tentatively titled "Holy Meaux."

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Review by: Rob McMonigal on Feb. 22, 2011 :
This is a solid if short mixture of fiction and non-fiction and things that don't quite fit into either definition by an author I'd definitely read again. The stories are short, with solid dialog in the fiction sections and some nice experimentation with words that shows Maistros' comfort with language. The non-fiction pieces capture what it's like to live in a city that you love but also are extremely frustrated with because of problems that seem unsolvable. Definitely worth checking out.

(review of free book)

Review by: Zacharias O'Bryan on Dec. 26, 2010 :
It's hard to believe that this collection of short stories--a sampler really--doesn't have thirty or forty reviews. And I'm not talking one star here, folks. Louis Maistros is a pro. He not only captures New Orleans, he captures life: the parts that bleed and sing and love and die. No doubt he's the kind of writer who both laughs and weeps when he writes a scene--they're truly that evocative.
Each story is different from the next, so there's no sense in my trying to paint a picture, but I can tell you that I am blown away by his ability and am eager to get my mind around more of his work.

-- Zacharias O'Bryan (and nope, I don't know Louis Maistros)
(review of free book)

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