There is a gunshot in the shadows in the excess of the night
that awakens the doll house from its sleepy bout of darkness
during 21 days of quarantine.
A diary of moments as stream of consciousness in nostalgia
and isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic that opens a new
genre of crime fiction. This experimental narrative reveals a secret
buried in the past, then unearths into a crisis.
Noir Nouveau Prologue:
On the Dark Side of the Scream
Noir Nouveau is the New Black. Literally. The African
American community is the target of crime as the era of
Coronavirus opens the scene. The central cultural metaphor is
racial always calling into question Blackness as the Other. As I
am not the Other.
Ah, Noir. It is a Black eternal cool, a dance style captured as
a west side story in an abandoned parking lot with distant echoes
of snapping fingers cracking and whistling of a solo.
And out of sight in the deep dark descent of the New York
City subway are the homeless, a still life painting frozen in time
existing beside the whisk wind speed of the ghost trains frantically
The pandemic has ravaged the inner bowels with death pangs
of hunger. For there is nothing to beg for something to eat. There are only the ghosts squealing from the wheels of the train to halt life itself. And an intense historical look at white supremacy, abuse,
corruption and police brutality during the time of quarantine as
Two hundred thousand Americans are dead today, September 20, 2020. And in the lives of ordinary people, COVID is not tired of making us sick, although you might be sick and tired. People spew the virus, breathing their cause in the unprecedented time of pandemic social unrest.
And this interior space seals us off into quarantine quiet as a somber place where we are compelled to turn our minds into a journey of infernos in the night coming face to face with the unknown –
A thrilling, suspenseful tale told through the eyes of an adolescent girl in isolation of the Coronavirus.
About the Author
Dr. Donna Clovis is the current Outstanding Book Award Winner in 2019 and 2020 for NABJ for her books, Quantum Leaps in Princeton’s Place and Falling Bedrooms. She has an earned doctorate from Teacher's College, Columbia University in Arts and Humanities. Dr. Clovis has also won two journalism fellowships: McCloy Fellowship from the American Council on Germany and Harvard University and a Prudential Fellowship from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The McCloy Fellowship resulted in producing documentary work about Holocaust survivors in Germany, now archived in the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. These are the first monologues written by Clovis in documentary theater.
Clovis has won a first-place feature-writing award on racial profiling from the National Association of Black Journalists in 1999.
Dr. Clovis writes historical fiction and fantasy novels about Princeton. Quantum Leaps in Princeton’s Place is the first from 1912-1950, Six Doors Down, (1960-2000) The Future is My Past, Time is the Length to Forever and the most current, Falling Bedrooms and Just a Book in the Library, The South of Black Forgiveness.
She is Assistant Professor of English/Theater for Rider University.