October, 2017 - Jeff P. Jones's short story collection BLOODSHOT STORIES wins the Sunshot Prose Prize. The collection will be released in 2018.
Jeff P. Jones's Debut Novel
About Love Give Us One Death
Bonnie and Clyde are the most famous outlaw pair in American history. Frank Hamer, the legendary Texas Ranger, was hired to stop them. The story of their death on a lonely Louisiana back road, as well as their bloody and short life together, is a story of a nation reaping the results of environmental degradation, injustice, and greed.
Read an excerpt from Love Give Us One Death
- Chapter 1 - Love's Kingdom (hosted by Goodreads)
JEFF P. JONES's ancestors were sharecroppers in east Texas. He was born in Denver, and was educated at the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Washington, and the University of Idaho. He’s a MacDowell Fellow, and his writing has won a Pushcart Prize, as well as the Hackney, Meridian Editors', A. David Schwartz, Wabash, and Lamar York prizes. He lives on the Palouse in northern Idaho. Love Give Us One Death is his first book. Bloodshot Stories will appear in 2018 from Sunshot Press.
5 stars from Ruthie Jones via Reading by Moonlight
Jones creatively presents this outlaw couple through a distinctly clear and unforgiving lens.
from Missus Gonzo
From the first page, I was hooked.
from Sam Sattler via Book Chase
I suspect that Jones has come closer here to the essential nature of Bonnie and Clyde and those who rode the highways with them than most nonfiction accounts have been able to get at by limiting themselves to an account of the facts.
from Curley Q Reviews
The entire reading experience was just surreal, pieced together by interviews, poems, landscape of Texas, and letters. This was really a very interesting read.
from The Page Unbound
Fierce imagery and symbolism.
from Si Dunn via Lone Star Literary Life
Jones handles the ambush scene with artful smoothness.
There's sadness in Love Give Us One Death.
4.5 stars from jhbooksblog
Ingenious use of metonymy...Fascinating.
A really well done account of their adventures.
Complete Amazon reviews
Praise for Love Give Us One Death
from Robert Wrigley
Part prose, part verse, replete with fragmentary interludes, newspaper stories, unpunctuated meditations, transcripts, play-like exchanges, and even a vintage cartoon, Love Give Us One Death delivers not only a knock-out story of brutal adventure, and love, across the heartland of the Great Depression, but a story about the very character of the republic itself.
from Tracy Daugherty
In Love Give Us One Death, Jeff P. Jones pieces together a story we think we know, about desperate lives and American violence. As the tale unfolds, we see its larger dimensions: the spiritual shadows and compulsive needs from which our nation springs and through which it has found its many forms of speech. This is historical fiction raised boldly to the level of myth.
from Atticus Books
[This] is the history of love and destruction you didn’t know you needed. In a time of Public Enemies, we see the last legs of a journey between the violent and manic Romeo and Juliet-like pair. The last public outlaws are riding away into their last sunrise, and this book serves as its journal.
- "This novel was born out of a desire to reanimate the speech of my ancestors."
The author's lexical research process described in a Research Note, "The Word Trap and the Novel," for Necessary Fiction.
- "Two people riding in a car gunned down by six officers who fired a collective 137 bullets. The parallels are striking, but the differences are even more striking. For one, Russell and Williams were black. This was 2012, not 1934."
Brief interview on race and Bonnie and Clyde for It's a Jenn World.
- "What Clyde suffered in prison made him into the cold-blooded killer he was never meant to be, and twelve men, most with families, lost their lives because Clyde vowed never to return to prison—that’s how desperate he was to stay free."
Brief interview on prison abuse, the Dust Bowl, and letting go of the novel at Syd Savvy's blog, Dec 2016
Reviews for Love Give Us One Death
from Midwest Book Review: Clabe's Bookshelf
Well worth reading. 5 stars.
from Midwest Book Review: Wisconsin Bookwatch
A compelling read from first page to last...very highly recommended.
from Wayne Catan via Idaho Statesman
If you are a fan of historical fiction, you must secure a copy.
This excellent book should be read by anyone with an interest in postmodern fiction or experimental narrative forms, the story of Bonnie and Clyde, or American outlaws in general.
The breathless, seemingly fragmented, writing reflects Bonnie and Clyde’s personalities better than any traditional prose could.
from Jennifer K. Bauer via Inland 360
Jones’ descriptions breathe life into the sights, smells and sounds of rural life at the beginning of the Great Depression, from boiled greens to burning tires.
from Dallas Observer
Jeff P. Jones is keenly aware that his subjects are monsters, but his historical fiction puts them in a context of Depression-era poverty and despair, portrayed in a narrative that ranges from poetic to plainly historical.