BAD JOBS, Great Review!

Adult Fiction, News and reviews

Congratulations to J.R. Helton, whose Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions is on The National Book Review‘s list of “Five Hot Books”!

 

BAD JOBS AND POOR DECISIONS

5. Bad Jobs and Poor Decisions: Dispatches from the Working Class by J. R. Helton (Liveright)

“Helton spent the Reagan years in Texas, stuck in an endless loop of menial, dead-end jobs, a shaky marriage, and a life dulled by marijuana and other recreational drugs.  While hauling firewood, selling pumpkins by the side of the road, and working with sad Vietnam War veterans, Helton banged out fiction on his portable Smith Corona manual typewriter — and dreamed of success as a writer.  After success with one short story, nothing worked out, and Helton re-enrolled at the University of Texas, threw himself into term papers and exams, quit drinking and smoking, and gained a perspective that makes this memoir about life in the trenches of the working poor particularly poignant and — given our current state of affairs — timely.”                                                                                         The National Review of Books

 

JERUSALEM Is Out in France Today!

Adult Fiction, News and reviews

And there’s some good media coverage already:

Jerusalem (French cover)

Miles Franklin Longlist Announced

Adult Fiction, Awards

We are thrilled to announce that THE LAST DAYS OF AVA LANGDON by Mark O’Flynn (UQP) has been named to the longlist of the prestigious Australian Miles Franklin literary award!

LAST DAYS OF AVA LANGDON

A piercing and witty portrait of a true maverick

It has been twenty years since Ava Langdon published her much-lauded novel The Apple Pickers. Now, she leads a reclusive life in the Blue Mountains, with two rats and her typewriter as her companions. She dresses in men’s clothes and carries a machete in her belt; she speaks French to the townspeople, paying no heed to their confusion. Above all else, however, she is still a fearless writer,inspired to seek beauty and perfection, and – despite her isolated existence – to imagine the inner lives of other people.

Poetic, poignant, and at times bitingly funny, The Last Days of Ava Langdon takes us into the mind of an utterly singular character, who at once revels in her individuality and yet is also trapped by it.

SPEAK GIGANTULAR on Jhalak Prize Shortlist!

Adult Fiction, Best Books of the Year Lists

SPEAK GIGANTULAR by Irenosen Okojie (Jacaranda Books) is on the shortlist for the first Jhalak Prize for a Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour!

Described by chair of judges Sunny Singh as showcasing “the variety, scope, depth, and literary excellence to be found amongst writers of colour in Britain today,” the shortlist consists of fiction, YA, non-fiction, debuts and short stories.

Read the complete article here.

It’s “Best Books of the Year” Time

Adult Fiction, Best Books of the Year Lists, Bestsellers

And JERUSALEM is getting selected!

The latest list being NPR’s: NPR Best Books of 2016 JERUSALEM review.

JERUSALEM SLIPCASE (covers)

JERUSALEM SLIPCASE (flat)

 

“Alan Moore (the groundbreaking, hairy, British genius behind V for Vendetta and Watchmen) spent 10 years pecking away at this Really Big Book — a nearly 1,300-page masterpiece of ambition and focus in which the only character that really matters is the place where it’s set: a half-mile-square patch of working-class Northampton, England, known as the Boroughs. Sure, other characters show up. There are angels and prostitutes, James Joyce and Oliver Cromwell, the plain and the famous. But they are all temporary. The Boroughs is eternal. And Moore chronicles it all in a novel that is insane in the best possible way; which reads in its best moments like a bedtime story for the overeducated and verbose, and in its worst like a wild, boundless experiment in the extremes of modern storytelling.”

–Jason Sheehan, book critic