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Dillinger in Hollywood
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Dillinger in Hollywood
New and Selected Short Stories
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Before John Sayles was an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and celebrated independent filmmaker, he was a National Book Award-nominated writer of fiction. Now John Sayles has written his first short story collection in twenty-five years. The keynote story—"Dillinger in Hollywood"—is populated by leftovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood who live in a nursing home catering for "below-the-line" talent—dancers, stunt doubles, horse wranglers, stand-ins, studio drivers—who now wait for death and dementia, playing cards, breaking hips, busting ribs, and telling tall tales of days gone by. During one hot summer, Casey, a long-term resident, confesses that he "used to be John Dillinger. In the flesh." The supposed John Dillinger, a legendary outlaw who had been popped at the Biograph Theater, was simply a "stand-in." Sayles's stories, like his movies, are panoramic in scope, weaving together disparate elements, where the past has a powerful claim on the present, where the characters are down on their luck, struggling to make ends meet. Ultimately, John Dillinger in Hollywood showcases Sayles's uncanny ear for language, his skill at crafting character, humor and atmosphere, and shows why he is the winner of the John Steinbeck Award, the O. Henry Award, and others.
Before John Sayles was an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and celebrated independent filmmaker, he was a National Book Award-nominated writer of fiction. Now John Sayles has written his first short story collection in twenty-five years. The keynote story—"Dillinger in Hollywood"—is populated by leftovers from the Golden Age of Hollywood who live in a nursing home catering for "below-the-line" talent—dancers, stunt doubles, horse wranglers, stand-ins, studio drivers—who now wait for death and dementia, playing cards, breaking hips, busting ribs, and telling tall tales of days gone by. During one hot summer, Casey, a long-term resident, confesses that he "used to be John Dillinger. In the flesh." The supposed John Dillinger, a legendary outlaw who had been popped at the Biograph Theater, was simply a "stand-in." Sayles's stories, like his movies, are panoramic in scope, weaving together disparate elements, where the past has a powerful claim on the present, where the characters are down on their luck, struggling to make ends meet. Ultimately, John Dillinger in Hollywood showcases Sayles's uncanny ear for language, his skill at crafting character, humor and atmosphere, and shows why he is the winner of the John Steinbeck Award, the O. Henry Award, and others.
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  • If the U.S. were to boast one great independent film director, he would be John Sayles, a cult figure among his admirers. Nominated for both an Academy Award for scriptwriting and a National Book Award, Sayles has written screenplays, teleplays, short stories, and novels and has worked as a script doctor for a virtual who's who of Hollywood film and television talent.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 25, 2004
    Though Sayles is best known as the writer/director of acclaimed independent films (Lone Star
    ; Matewan
    ), he's also an accomplished novelist (Union Dues
    ; Los Gusanos
    ). In this engaging collection, his first in 25 years, he reminds us of his skill in shorter forms. In the title story, Son Bishop, an ex-horse wrangler and stunt man, works at a nursing home populated by the relics of Hollywood's Golden Age, one of whom claims he "used
    to be" John Dillinger. "Your geriatrics and horses hold a lot in common," Bishop muses. "hey're high-strung, they bite and kick sometimes, and they're none of them too big on bowel control." The more substantial and subtle "Casa de Los Babys" (the genesis of his eponymous movie?) follows a group of American women waiting to adopt babies in a Latin American city, as well as a maid at their crumbling hotel, a nurse at the orphanage and a young homeless boy who would like nothing better than to nab the women's wallets. "The Halfway Diner" finds a company of women riding a weekly bus to visit their husbands in jail and touchingly describes their esprit de corps ("The thing is," the narrator says, "we're all of us doing time"). Humor leavens the social conscience in many of these tales, and Sayles's exceptional dialogue is reason enough to appreciate this collection. Agent, Anthony Arnove
    .

  • Library Journal

    November 1, 2004
    These ten stories, written by noted filmmaker Sayles between 1980 and 2004, focus on life's quiet, overlooked extras. In the title story, a man in a senior citizens' residence claims that he is John Dillinger and that the person who was killed was a double. Three stories center on women, e.g., "Peeling," about some crawfish cleaners in the back room of a restaurant, and "Casa de los Babys," which highlights the lives of South American women waiting to adopt, as well as those of a hotelier, a maid, and a street urchin. The most powerful story, "Above the Line," recounts an old stunt man's acting in an independent film. All these clips use well-designed dialog that illuminates the little people who work behind the scenes. Sayles has a strong eye for imagery and detail so the reader feels a part of the action. Highly recommended.-Joshua Cohen, Mid-Hudson Lib. Syst., Poughkeepsie, NY

    Copyright 2004 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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