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Night train : new and selected stories
Jones, Thom author.
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Short stories. Selections
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown, and Company, 2018.

Physical Description:
xi, 419 pages ; 25 cm
"A posthumous and definitive collection of new and selected stories by "virtuoso of the short story" (Esquire) and National Book Award finalist Thom Jones. 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."--Dust jacket front flap.
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"Introduction by Amy Bloom"--book jacket.
The pugilist at rest -- The black lights -- I want to live! -- Silhouettes -- Mosquitoes -- A white horse -- Cold snap -- Superman, my son -- Way down deep in the jungle -- Pickpocket -- Pot shack -- I need a man to love me -- Sonny Liston was a friend of mine -- The roadrunner -- A run through the jungle -- 40, still at home -- Tarantula -- Mouses -- Daddy's girl -- Night train -- Volcanoes from Hell -- A merry little Christmas -- All along the watchtower -- Diary of my health -- The junkman of Chengdu -- Bomb shelter Noel.
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