Synopses & Reviews
Twelve stories that teeter between wicked humor and stinging pathos encompassdilapidated right arenas, state mental hospitals, and chaotic emergency roomswhere the inhabitants are brilliantly etched characters.
"Spending time with Jones' battle-worn eccentrics and disenfranchised
misfits leaves you feeling bruised but also elated." Kate Sekules,
"Like any good prizefighter, Jones (The Pugilist at Rest)
sticks to what he does best, perfects his technique and doesn't waste
his energy. The 12 stories in his third collection are as recognizably
his as is any champion's style: crazed, damaged, hell-bent characters
banging around in a product-strewn American landscape trying in some fashion,
in whatever fashion is handy, to feel good." Publishers Weekly
Table of Contents
Sonny Liston was a friend of mine -- The roadrunner --A run through the jungle -- Fields of purple forever --40, still at home -- Tarantula -- Mouses -- A midnight clear -- Daddy's girl -- My heroic mythic journey -- I love you, Sophie Western -- You cheated, you lied.