Books by Jonis Agee

THE BONES OF PARADISE by Jonis Agee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"This sexy, violent, intricate Western is ultimately a love letter to the Sand Hills, 'where all was alive, all living, in one form or another.'"
A deceptively leisurely, intensely heart-rending historical Western about greed and love gone wrong, set in the Sand Hills of Nebraska 10 years after the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre of the Lakota Sioux at the Pine Ridge Reservation in nearby South Dakota. Read full book review >
THE RIVER WIFE by Jonis Agee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"Despite fevered descriptions and various half-developed characters meandering down plot paths leading nowhere, the violence-spiked romance upon violence-spiked romance becomes addictive."
A catfish stew of a novel from Agee (The Weight of Dreams, 1999, etc.), covering three generations of a Missouri farming family that can't shake its river pirate roots. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF DREAMS by Jonis Agee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Riveting scenes of ranch life and the grimly glorious Nebraska countryside can't overcome a plot both bloated and sluggish, with a fairy-tale end painful to read."
Returning to the themes of her 1993 Strange Angels—with a detour through the badlands of Russell Banks—Agee offers a rambling saga that includes an abuse-riddled Nebraska family, a hideous crime, a slow path to redemption, and the love of a good woman. Read full book review >
A .38 SPECIAL AND A BROKEN HEART by Jonis Agee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"A few of these pieces (in this latest addition to the Coffee- To-Go Short-Short Story series) provide jolts of recognition, but too many end up feeling like writing exercises: as cryptic as runes, they neither rise nor converge."
Thirty-plus ``short-shorts'' hover around several common incidents—a sister's suicide, small-town women navigating lives of depressing claustrophobia. Read full book review >
PRETEND WE'VE NEVER MET by Jonis Agee
Released: March 31, 1989

Agee's first story-collection—a tour through the Farm Belt—is sometimes haunting and lyrical, an echo of Sherwood Anderson-genteel, mildly antiromantic and moody. Read full book review >

A first novel from poet and short-story writer Agee (Bend This Heart, Pretend We've Never Met, both 1989)—about small-town life, spiced with Peyton Place intrigue and racism, in Divinity, Iowa—is filled with a great deal of mood music, but also effectively evokes its female narrator's coming-of-age. Read full book review >

These 21 fictions, mostly short-shorts, are quick takes, variations on the theme of love. Read full book review >