Books by Jesse Ball

CENSUS by Jesse Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"An ethereal meditation on love, the duty of a caretaker, and mortality."
A terminally ill widower and his son set off on a final journey to see the country. Read full book review >
HOW TO SET A FIRE AND WHY by Jesse Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"A brilliant portrayal of a girl who's quite aware of what she's going through."
A troubled adolescent girl dreams of setting fire to the world. Read full book review >
A CURE FOR SUICIDE by Jesse Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"This may be Ball's most self-contained work, but it's also one of his most fragile and one that may not hold up under focused scrutiny by a wider audience."
A man and a woman are locked in a strange therapeutic cycle in this speculative fiction by literary experimentalist Ball (Silence Once Begun, 2014, etc.)Read full book review >
SILENCE ONCE BEGUN by Jesse Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Ball may or may not explain himself in the end, but there's no denying the fascination his aberrant storytelling inspires."
"Jesse Ball" investigates a series of disappearances, a wrongful conviction and a love story in modern-day Osaka, Japan. Read full book review >
THE CURFEW by Jesse Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2011

"Mordantly morbid."
Minimalist tale of a former violinist turned epitaph scribe, and his daughter. Read full book review >
THE WAY THROUGH DOORS by Jesse Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Although not for readers without patience for experimental fiction, this Jungian house of mirrors offers riches, including fractured fables whose characters occasionally threaten to burst their archetypal bonds."
Surreal tale from Ball (Samedi the Deafness, 2007, etc.), an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, of a young pamphleteer, a Coney Island guess artist and their joint effort to search for and save an amnesiac woman. Read full book review >
SAMEDI THE DEAFNESS by Jesse Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"An unorthodox detective story—the author's fiction debut—that uses poetry to sharpen its edge."
A young man with an unusual gift is drawn into a multifarious conspiracy. Read full book review >