Friday, October 9, 2015

Gritty New York Stories and Poems

Resident Aliens by Beth Porter


"Resident Aliens" by Beth Porter is actually a collection of writings. On the menu is a novella, four poems and three short stories, all focusing on New York in the 60s. Before I discuss the various elements of this book, there is a small warning - nothing included here is for the faint of heart. These are gritty tales, darkly atmospheric with glimpses into the city's stark realities. They show off New York's rough edges, without makeup or apology. Written with a clear and confident voice, Porter lays this city bare and naked before her readers. But don't let that put you off. This is well worth reading, even if some parts make you uncomfortable.



"Resident Aliens" by Beth Porter published by Womenstuff Publishing (April 16, 2013), is available from Amazon UK, and Amazon USA. I would like to thank the author for providing a review copy. A version of this review originally appeared on Curious Book Fans and {the now defunct} Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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