In 1987, twelve-year-old Cooper Balsam's mother, Arden, disappears without a trace. Cooper's father, Percy, a Vietnam veteran struggling with PTSD, doesn't seem too concerned. "This isn't the first time. She's done it before." As days pass, Cooper begins to act out and withdraw from the world, and his growing animosity toward his father's ambivalence begins to escalate even as Percy and Cooper begin to actively search for the woman in their lives. From the hills of Southern California, to the deserts of Arizona, and down to the beaches of Mexico, the father and son will look for someone who may not want to be found for reasons they don't yet understand.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, William Jensen is the editor of Southwestern American Literature and Texas Books in Review. His short fiction has appeared in journals such as The New Plains Review , The Texas Review , Stoneboat , and various other journals. Mr. Jensen, who grew up in southern California and central Arizona, lives in the Texas hill country and teaches English and Southwestern studies at Texas State University, from which he obtained his MFA degree. While obtaining his MFA he studied under Robert Stone and Tim O'Brien.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Cities of Men" is about childhood, but not for kids. Jensen's writing is strong and sensitive. The story is original and pulls you along with the thread of mystery surrounding Cooper's mom's disappearance. The novel returns readers to that time when much of the adult world was a yet-to-be-discovered mystery, and the shock that our parents are people; they come with their own baggage that mixes into our own. Raw, real, and suspenseful, "Cities of Men" explores the burden of family history and depicts a kid's first crack at making peace with that history, or else raising hell over it.