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Jess Walter

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Jess Walter was born on July 20, 1965. He graduated from Eastern Washington University. Before becoming an author, he worked as a journalist. His work has appeared in Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. He has written one nonfiction book and several novels. näytä lisää His works include Every Knee Shall Bow, Over Tumbled Graves, The Zero, and Beautiful Ruins. His novel, Citizen Vince, won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel. He was the co-author of Christopher Darden's 1996 bestseller In Contempt. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Tekijän teokset

Beautiful Ruins (2012) 4,224 kappaletta
The Financial Lives of the Poets (2009) 883 kappaletta
The Cold Millions (2020) 749 kappaletta
Citizen Vince (2005) 699 kappaletta
The Zero (2006) 559 kappaletta
We Live in Water: stories (2013) 388 kappaletta
In Contempt (1996) 386 kappaletta
Over Tumbled Graves (2001) 327 kappaletta
Land of the Blind (2003) 270 kappaletta
Don't Eat Cat (2012) 46 kappaletta
The Way the World Ends (2018) 45 kappaletta
The Best American Mystery and Suspense Stories 2022 (2022) — Toimittaja — 30 kappaletta
Parable (The One) (2019) 14 kappaletta

Associated Works

The Best American Short Stories 2012 (2012) — Avustaja — 360 kappaletta
Citrus County (2008) — Avustaja — 288 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 2015 (2015) — Avustaja — 226 kappaletta
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 (2012) — Avustaja — 199 kappaletta
The Best American Short Stories 2017 (2017) — Avustaja — 185 kappaletta
The Best of McSweeney's {complete} (1800) — Avustaja — 144 kappaletta
Portland Noir (2009) — Avustaja — 106 kappaletta
McSweeney's Issue 37 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2011) — Avustaja — 99 kappaletta
McSweeney's Issue 39 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2011) — Avustaja — 85 kappaletta
McSweeney's Issue 41 (McSweeney's Quarterly Concern) (2012) — Avustaja — 76 kappaletta
Noise: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth (2008) — Avustaja — 37 kappaletta
The Best American Mystery and Suspense 2023 (2023) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
Reader's Digest Today's Best Nonfiction 39 (1995) — Tekijä — 5 kappaletta

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Spokane, Washington, USA
Spokane, Washington
Eastern Washington University
The Spokesman-Review
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Edgar Allan Poe Award Best Novel, 2005: Citizen Vince
National Book Award Best Novel Finalist, 2006: The Zero
Washington State Book Award in Fiction Finalist, 2006: The Zero
Washington State Book Award in Fiction Finalist, 2007: Citizen Vince
Washington State Book Award in Fiction Finalist, 2011: The Financial Lives of the Poets
New York Times Notable Book, 2001: Over Tumbled Graves (näytä kaikki 12)
PEN USA Literary Nonfiction Award, 1996: Every Knee Shall Bow
PEN USA Literary Award, 2007: The Zero
LA Times Book Prize, 2007: The Zero
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, 2007: The Zero
Time Magazine's #2 Novel Of The Year, 2009: The Financial Lives of the Poets
New York Times Bestseller, 2012: Beautiful Ruins
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Home page: http://www.jesswalter.com/index.htm

From author's site: http://www.jesswalter.com/bio.htm : Jess Walter is the author of THE ZERO, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and CITIZEN VINCE, winner of the 2005 Edgar Award for best novel, as well as two other novels and a nonfiction book. He's won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and has been a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, the PEN USA Literary Prize, in both fiction and nonfiction, the ITW Thriller of the Year and he was part of a team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in spot news journalism. His books have been New York Times, Washington Post and NPR best books of the year and have been published in twenty countries.



In the somewhat lawless, western world of the hard mining towns of the Northwest where “vice grew wild and untended,” there are two drifter brothers without much claim in an unkind world (166). Except for each other, what Rye and Gig could fit in their bindles, and some simple dreams, their journey is at the center of this historical novel about labor and union wars in the early-1900s. But while the story focuses on the Dolan brothers finding ways to be masters of their own fate instead of victims of circumstance, at the heart of the story stands the fiery, impassioned and empathetic Gaelic girl: an idealist who loves writing alliterative articles and traveling to unknown places and fighting for workers’s rights. It’s through the high-energy orator and organizer Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Rye and Gig’s troubles in the IWW, a troubled police force, corrupt politicians and mining barons, Pinkertons, and tramps, bums, and hobos where the skirmishes and battles and wars are fought through idealism and cynicism, words and action, peace and violence—all of this highlighting the stark difference between those who live like kings and “the cold millions with no chance in this world” (105).

It’s a beautifully written story with heartbreaking characters and circumstance: “the world is built to eat you alive, but before you go down the gullet, the bastards can’t stop you from looking around” (18). While it’s rooted in a place in time—historical and political and Americana—it’s also real and relevant to our world today. It was reminiscent of Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds and Kent Krueger’s Ordinary Grace and This Tender Land. If you’re fans of any of those novels, this should surely be added to the top of your TBR.
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lizallenknapp | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 20, 2024 |
Here’s a perfect poolside summer read propelled by the glamour of old world Hollywood, the romanticism of the Italian Riviera, and the tragedy of fate and deeply flawed characters. This is a nonlinear story about several stories that intersect across decades and continents, highlighting our deepest desires, our most destructive demons, and “life [as] a glorious catastrophe” (275).

This character-driven novel opens in Cinque Terre, Italy, specifically in a small fishing village that’s home to a young man, Pasquale, retuning to care for his mother and the provincial family hotel, ironically named “The Hotel with the Adequate View.” In the beginning, Pasquale meets an American actress from the set of the Liz Taylor and Richard Burton film Cleopatra, and it’s through the meeting of these two characters, Pasquale and Dee, that we are introduced to an interconnected web of other characters’ stories—spanning from WWII to present day.

To me, this book is perfection: beautifully ruined characters who, while roughly imperfect, are completely endearing; gritty realism with just enough dark humor, self-awareness, and self-deprecation; and a plot that stays interesting and intriguing and surprising from its opening scene in Cinque Terre in the 1960s to its closing scene on the same rocky coast in modern day times.

✨I was fortuitous enough to be in Cinque Terre, Italy while reading this novel. Again, perfection.✨
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lizallenknapp | 265 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 20, 2024 |
If you like short stories, these are some his best.
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ben_r47 | 29 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 22, 2024 |
Love these ruins.
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ben_r47 | 265 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 22, 2024 |



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