Review: In Sunlight or in Shadow – Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper, edited by Lawrence Block

Veteran author Lawrence Block has pulled together 17 of the best short story writers around today and given each one an Edward Hopper painting — that’s the idea. And it works exceptionally well, and not only because the authors of the stories include legends like Stephen King, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver and Joyce Carol Oates. The Hopper paintings lend themselves to stories about men and women, secrets and money, love and violence. The paintings often seem quite sad, but the stories here are not uniformly so. They are stories in some cases of hope, and in one case, of vengeance. In reading them, I kept turning back to the Hopper painting that inspired the story. A brilliant collection that shows the full power of the short story – highly recommended.