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Publisher's Summary

Edward P. Jones is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the critically acclaimed novel The Known World.

A finalist for the National Book Award, Lost in the City features 15 poignant short stories, each set in Washington, D.C. Far removed from marble monuments and the offices of rich politicians, the nation's capital that Jones captures is inhabited by self-willed African-Americans struggling to live their lives as best they can.

©2005 Edward P. Jones (P)2005 Recorded Books

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So much texture! D.C. comes alive.

These stories are quiet, rich, textured and make me feel like I better understand the lives of these African American men and women who live in the District of Columbia. Of course, I know that isn't true, but when a book makes me think and feel and have empathy for the characters, it is one that I am grateful to have read.

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Outstanding Collection

Edward R Jones’s Lost In The City is about the majority Black District Of Columbia, the very seat of the federal government of the United States Of America. These stories seethe with life, with irony, with ingenuity, with joy, with hypocrisy, with the spirit of DC’s extraordinary regional flavor. Each character voice is distinctive- echoes of the Great Migration north from the deep South animate these fascinating narratives of Everyday People in love and struggle with each other, & with a Nation that has arrayed its considerable powers against them in ways large & minuscule with little to no accountability. All the mire evident because none of these stories feature White antagonists. That is part of the genius of these stories. That oppressive hand is always working behind the seems in lack of opportunities in housing, economics, & in the limited options so many of these characters are held down by every day in subtle,, brutal efficiency.. My ONLY complaint is the wholly unnecessary between story introductions. They feel fussy, flat, & take away from the flow of experiencing this wonderful stories. It is a testimony of the elegant power of Edward R. Jones that they didn’t cause me to deduct a star for their CONSTANT annoyance.

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I Love his writing

Lost in the City is another masterpiece by Edward P. Jones. He draws you in, bringing characters to life.

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A gifted writer

I have listened to this several times as I consider Edward P. Jones one of the most accomplished writers in America. His stories are gritty, limning the lives of marginalized characters in Washington, DC. Some of his stories are unforgettable that stay in my mind long after the reading.

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CHAOS AND MORAL IDIOCY

Extremely well written. Entertaining. Sometimes funny. Overall impression: let me out of here; I don't belong here; I went to Sunday School and college and my folks never even got a parking ticket! Why would I want to read about low-lifes buying a house for momma with drug money! Or married people who cheat on one another in the most destructive way. Or a Social Security office that calls the old lady back repeatedly and makes her wait for hours! You had me, Mr. Jones, and you lost me but good. I'm really sorry.

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FORCED myself to finish these stoies

It was disturbing to hear a series of dark stories of low-life vulgar characters, with few redeeming qualities. I kept hoping to eventually find a story of hope, love, bravery, chivalry..something uplifting. The 1st story of the girl with the pigeons had promise, but soon turned dark also. Not my kind if reading.