Search Results: "Matthew F. Jones"


BOOK REVIEW

DEEPWATER by Matthew F. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The postman rings again in a malignant pastoral of steamy sex, Oedipal terror, and a few too many Faulknerian fever dreams."
Once again experimenting with commercial forms, Jones (Blind Pursuit, 1997, etc.) turns boondocks noir into hallucinogenic horror as a down-on-his-luck drifter finds love and villainy in a seedy lakeside motel. Read full book review >

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THE COOTER FARM by Matthew F. Jones
Released: Jan. 29, 1992

"Hooter, Scooter, and Looter will remind some readers of Carolyn Chute's The Beans of Egypt, Main—though this backwoods family is of a decidedly darker variety."
Incest, infidelity, and artificial insemination play major roles in this backwoods melodrama set in upstate New York—a first novel in the rural gothic tradition by a writer with a weird sense of humor. Read full book review >

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A SINGLE SHOT by Matthew F. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Powerfully written but ultimately empty."
Backwoods blood and gore from the author whose previous expeditions into the grotesque (The Cooter Farm, 1991; The Elements of Hitting, 1994) have shown just how far we can go down Tobacco Road. Read full book review >

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THE ELEMENTS OF HITTING by Matthew F. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 1994

"Flawed, but personable and engaging—not bad for the second time at bat."
Baseball provides a metaphor for playing—and winning—the game of life in a new novel by the author of The Cooter Farm (1992). Read full book review >

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BOOT TRACKS by Matthew F. Jones
Released: May 15, 2006

"A nightmare thriller with the power to haunt."
More than just a very good crime thriller, this dark but illuminating novel shows us the psychopathology of the criminal mind. Read full book review >

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BLIND PURSUIT by Matthew F. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Nothing much that's original and certainly no surprises; just relentless, lean-and-mean page-turner plotting and a grimly satisfying ending."
Nail-bitingly suspenseful police procedural about the kidnapping of a successful businessman's daughter. Read full book review >

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THE RUN TO GITCHE GUMEE by Robert F. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Hunters and fishermen who don't mind the sloppy plot and undeveloped cast will enjoy the precision and passion that Jones (Deadville, 1998, etc.) puts into what really matters: hooking a fish, guns, and the art of packing supplies."
Two men take the same canoe trip twice, once after graduating from high school, then 50 years later as their lives are winding down. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 26, 1996

"A trifle bloodthirsty, but lively and genuine. (line art)"
A medley of well-crafted essays and short stories highlights one man's lifelong love affair with bird hunting. Read full book review >

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TIE MY BONES TO HER BACK by Robert F. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"No major variations here on the noble savage theme, and no significant depth of character, but substantial research and sharp detail give this an arresting authenticity."
Jones favors vividly observed wilderness settings for his fiction (Blood Tide, 1990, etc.), and this latest novel is no exception. Read full book review >

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WRITTEN ON WATER by Eileen Chang
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Original, memorable and unlike anything else that has come from the era. A fine contribution to Chinese letters in translation."
The "Garbo of Chinese letters" speaks, and most eloquently. Read full book review >