Synopses & Reviews
The nation's capital that serves as the setting for the stories in Edward P. Jones's prizewinning collection, Lost in the City, lies far from the city of historic monuments and national politicians. Jones takes the reader beyond that world into the lives of African American men and women who work against the constant threat of loss to maintain a sense of hope. From "The Girl Who Raised Pigeons" to the well-to-do career woman awakened in the night by a phone call that will take her on a journey back to the past, the characters in these stories forge bonds of community as they struggle against the limits of their city to stave off the loss of family, friends, memories, and, ultimately, themselves.
Critically acclaimed upon publication, Lost in the City heralds Jones as a new talent, a writer whose unaffected style is not only evocative and forceful but also filled with insight and poignancy.
"Insightful portraits of young people and frank, unsensationalized depictions of horrifying social ills make this a poignant and promising first effort." Publishers Weekly
"Fine, fine work a voice that's new and strong but steeped in the traditions of African-American literature, spoken and written, in a voice already in its quiet, assured, marvelous way, extending those traditions." John Edgar Wideman
A reissue of the award-winning debut collection of stories.
To the list of fine short-story writers, add the name of Edward P. Jones....These 14 stories of African-American life...affirm...humanity as only good literature can.
About the Author
Edward P. Jones was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award and recipient of the Lannan Foundation Grant, Jones was educated at Holy Cross College and the University of Virginia. His first book, Lost in the City was originally published by William Morrow in 1992 and shortlisted for the National Book Award. Mr. Jones was named a National Book Award finalist for a second time with the publication of his debut novel The Known World which subsequently won the prestigious 2004 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.