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Night Train

Thom Jones

A posthumous and definitive collection of new and selected stories by short-fiction icon and National Book Award finalist Thom Jones, with a stunning introduction by Amy Bloom

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571349739
Date Published
11.10.2018
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Summary

‘Jones was a master of the short story [and] Night Train will be an amazing discovery for anyone who cares about literature.’ Philipp Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of The Son

A posthumous and definitive collection of new and selected stories by short-fiction icon and National Book Award finalist Thom Jones, with a stunning introduction by Amy Bloom

Thom Jones’s stories are high-octane, prose-drunk entertainment. His characters are grifters and drifters, rogues and ne’er-do-wells – some lovable, some not – but each with a voice that never fails to grab you by the collar. They include Vietnam soldiers, amateur boxers, psych ward veterans and an unforgettable adolescent DJ radio host, among others.

Perfectly capturing the essence of this icon of the American short story, Night Train showcases the sheer breadth and power of his inimitable stories.

‘Bleakly and outrageously comic . . . Reading Thom Jones’s fiction is like speeding in an open car: the landscape blurs, the momentum becomes intoxicating — and then the brakes are applied, with no warning.’ Joyce Carol Oates

Critic Reviews

Jones believably explores what it feels like to be afflicted with strange or terminal conditions, as well as with anger and rage. These stories put you off, draw you in, show you states of mind that you may never have experienced. They are intensely lively and down to earth; adventurous, often harsh but subtly self-effacing; both a generational portrait and a self-portrait of one of the strangest writers of our times.

Jane Smiley, Guardian
Critic Reviews

Thom Jones died in 2016. He wrote three volumes of short stories, The Pugilist at Rest, Cold Snap and Sonny Liston was a Friend of Mine. Night Train (Faber, £14.99) is a selection, plus seven new stories. At his best, Jones writes like Isaac Babel — unflinching, expert, brutal, objective reports on damage, physical and psychological. He was a Marine; Babel was with Budyonny’s Red Cavalry. Both writers knew whereof they spoke.

Craig Raine, Spectator BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Critic Reviews

’His tales of drifters and dreamers from the wrong side of the tracks – or just out of luck – sparkle with terrific intelligence and a deep compassion.’

Jane Graham, Big Issue
Critic Reviews

A brilliant book both for Jones devotees and newcomers to his work.

Will Gore, Spectator
Critic Reviews

A virtuoso of the short story.

Adrienne Westenfeld, Esquire
Critic Reviews

Thom Jones was a master of the short story, a master of the same brand of incandescent, hallucinatory creation of voices that made his contemporary Denis Johnson famous. It is a great gift for all of us to have the best of his work, new and old, here in one place. Night Train will be an amazing discovery for anyone who cares about literature.

Philipp Meyer, Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Son
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Thom Jones, who died in 2016, was a National Book Award finalist, O. Henry Award winner, and the author of three story collections: The Pugilist at Rest, Cold Snap, and Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine. He received an MFA from the University of Iowa in 1973 and thereafter worked an array of jobs, from copywriter to janitor, until…

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