You Only Get Letters from Jail (Paperback)

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ITEM#: 15018982

Jodi Angel’s first collection of short stories, The History of Vegas, was published in 2005 and was named as aSan Francisco Chronicle "Best Book of 2005" as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Review "Discovery." Her work has appeared inTin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Sycamore Review, among other publications and anthologies. Her stories have received several Pushcart Prize nominations and she was selected for Special Mention in 2007. Most recently her story, "A Good Deuce," was noted as a "Distinguished Story" in The Best American Stories 2012. She grew up in a small town in Northern California--in a family of girls.
Jodi Angel’s second story collection, You Only Get Letters from Jail, chronicles the lives of young men trapped in the liminal space between adolescence and adulthood. From picking up women at a bar hours after mom’s overdose to coveting a drowned girl to catching rattlesnakes with gasoline, Angel's characters are motivated by muscle cars, manipulative women, and the hope of escape from circumstances that force them either to grow up or give up. Haunted by unfulfilled dreams and disappointments, and often acting out of mixed intentions and questionable motives, these boys turned young men are nevertheless portrayed with depth, tenderness, and humanity. Angel’s gritty and heartbreaking prose leaves readers empathizing with people they wouldn't ordinarily trust or believe in.

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ISBN 9781935639572
Genre FICTION / Literary
Format Paperback
Pages 286
Publisher Date 2013-07-16 00:00:00.0
Publisher Tin House Books
Copyright Year 2013
Height 8.0 in
Wdth 5.0 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 0.55 lb
Language English
Audience General/trade
Authors Angel, Jodi
Country of Origin United States
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