Synopses & Reviews
"Kaylie Jones's striking novel...quivers with tension from the opening page...[A] lovely, finely plotted novel, which highlights colorful San Miguel and the complexities of family, loyalty and honesty. The Anger Meridian
is at once a suspenseful mystery and a superlatively gripping story of self-discovery."
--Shelf Awareness, Starred review
"Jones...has written a compulsively readable novel about a woman who manages to come into her own. With engaging characters, a compelling story, and a seductive sense of place, this is a literary treat."
"Jones creates a seething portrait of a narcissistic mother in this story of an adult daughter's attempt to reconcile the appearance of her prosperous and successful family with the harsh reality of a life built on a series of lies....Jones keeps the action churning...but perhaps the novel's greatest feat is Bibi, an all-too-real toxic monster of a mother."
"A fast-paced story of a woman who only stops lying to others once she stops lying to herself."
"The Anger Meridian opens with high drama...The novel...maintains a lovely sense of place and character. There is a psychological depth to the story, especially in regards to a keen focus on mother and daughter relationships. Underlying this is a compelling mystery and a sense of tension that will keep readers moving fast through the story."
--KQED, "Beach Reads for Rebels: 5 Alternatives to the Average Summer Thriller"
"There's more to the story at every level here, however, and that is the brilliance of Kaylie Jones's writing....This fascinating novel bases its mystery not so much on unfolding events, although these are well paced, but instead on how a person can live a life parallel to the truth, based on an ever-shifting set of lies and misrepresentations. There's real danger is remaking the truth to avoid conflict, and that is never more apparent than in this well crafted book."
--Reviewing the Evidence
"Kaylie Jones stacks her story with interesting characters and intriguing developments....A fast-paced book that also manages to feel intimate. It's a good one."
"A nice mix of drama, romance, and mystery that will keep you turning the pages through to the end."
--A New Day
Merryn Huntley is rudely awakened to the many bad decisions she has made in her life when she is told by two Dallas police officers that her wealthy husband Beau has been killed in a car accident, along with a local waitress. Merryn's first instinct is to flee in order to protect her nine-year-old daughter, and the only place that feels safe enough is her mother's beautiful, isolated home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Merryn's mother, the redoubtable Bibi, always said to her as a child, When you tell a lie, make sure you keep it as close to the truth as possible, because it will be easier to remember. Ironically, from the moment Merryn arrives, she is forced into twisting the truth--about how much she knew of her husband and his shady business affairs; about her own secret lovers; and most importantly, that she is beginning to doubt the one person who has always been the greatest influence in her life: her mother.
The situation worsens when two FBI agents show up and begin to ask Merryn questions about her husband's business, which only intensifies her need to continue lying. While Merryn's perfect life begins to crumble around her, she must decide whether or not she can face the most painful reality of all--that she has been lying to herself her entire life.
Following her husband's suspicious death, Merryn Huntley flees with her daughter to Mexico, where she discovers she can't outrun self-deception.
About the Author
Kaylie Jones: Kaylie Jones has published six books, the most recent a memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me (Harper Collins, 2009). Her novel A Soldiers Daughter Never Cries was adapted as a Merchant Ivory Film in 1998, starring Kris Kristofferson and LeeLee Sobieski. Her other works include Celeste Ascending (Harper Collins, 2001), and Speak Now, (Akashic Books, 2004). Jones is the editor of the anthology Long Island Noir(Akashic Books, 2012). Her non-fiction essay, Judite was included in Ann Hoods best selling anthology, Knitting Yarns, published in November 2013. Kaylie has been teaching creative writing for more than 25 years, and is a faculty member in the Stony Brook/Southampton MFA Program in Writing, and in the Wilkes University Low-Residency Program in Professional Writing. Kaylie and her daughter spent the summer 2013 studying Kung Fu in China with Shaolin warrior monks, and an essay about the experience will be published in National Geographic Traveler. Her newest endeavor is her publishing imprint with Akashic Books, Kaylie Jones Books.