Night Train: New and Selected Stories

Night Train: New and Selected Stories

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Overview

A posthumous and definitive collection of new and selected stories by "virtuoso of the short story" ( Esquire) and National Book Award finalist Thom Jones

"Jones was an oracle . . . It's impossible not to marvel at the urgency of these stories." — Wall Street Journal

This scorching collection from award-winning author Thom Jones features his best new short fiction alongside a selection of outstanding stories from three previous books. Jones's stories are full of high-octane, prose-drunk entertainment. His characters are grifters and drifters, rogues and ne'er-do-wells, would-be do-gooders whose human frailties usually get the better of them. Some are lovable, others are not, but each has an indelible and irresistible voice. They include Vietnam soldiers, amateur boxers, devoted doctors, strung-out advertising writers, pill poppers and veterans of the psych ward, and an unforgettable adolescent DJ radio host, among others.

The stories here are excursions into a unique world that veers between abject desperation and fleeting transcendence. Perhaps no other writer in recent memory could encapsulate in such short spaces the profound and the devastating, the poignant and the hallucinatory, with such an exquisite balance of darkness and light. Jones's fiction reveals again and again the resilience and grace of characters who refuse to succumb. In stories that can at once delight us with their wicked humor and sting us with their affecting pathos, Night Train perfectly captures the essence of this iconic American master, showcasing in a single collection the breadth of power of his inimitable fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316449366
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Thom Jones was a National Book Award finalist, O. Henry Award winner, and the author of the three story collections The Pugilist at Rest, Cold Snap, and Sonny Liston Was a Friend of Mine. He received an MFA from the University of Iowa in 1973, and worked an array of jobs from copywriter to janitor until he was published for the first time, in The New Yorker, in his mid-forties. His stories went on to be published in other magazines such as Harper's , Esquire, Playboy, and Story as well. Jones died in 2016 and was eulogized in The New Yorker by Joyce Carol Oates.

What People are Saying About This

Pulitzer Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Son - Philipp Meyer

“Thom Jones was a master of the short story, a master of the same brand of incandescent, hallucinatory creation of voices that made his contemporary Denis Johnson famous. It is a great gift for all of us to have the best of his work, new and old, here in one place. Night Train will be an amazing discovery for anyone who cares about literature.”

Author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned - Wells Tower

“Thom Jones wrote like his hands were on fire. The stories collected in Night Train are radioactive with soul, bleak humor, and savage truth. This book affirms Jones’s standing as one of short fiction’s timeless masters.”

National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author of A Shout in the Ruins and The Yellow Birds - Kevin Powers

“The stories in this collection are sometimes profane, sometimes hilarious, and always brilliant. Thom Jones was an extraordinary writer.”

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