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Sarah Jane by James Sallis
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Oct 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781641290807
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New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
Publishers Weekly Big Indie Book for Fall 2019


Praise for Sarah Jane


“Spellbinding . . . like a piece of stormy poetry.”
—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

“Slim and affecting . . . Sallis writes of life’s mishaps as well as its consolations in a poetic style well-suited to his introspective yet appreciative main character.”
—The Wall Street Journal

“Sallis is a sure hand—characters and prose, of course, dialogue, too, but he is also a subtle weaver of plot, with the perfect level of push. His descriptions evoke a place more real than mere realism could render, and his people speak and sweat and live and die and it’s all a great pleasure.”
—Daniel Woodrell

“Gorgeously written.”
—The Toronto Star

Sarah Jane is a mesmerizing tale, noir-gothic fiction shot through with veins of a fractured cautionary tale. It’s lyrical but taut, a meditation on memory, choice, randomness, and death.”
—Phoenix New Times

“A piercing psychological study.”
—The Herald (Scotland)

“Sallis has delivered a long list of excellent crime novels, as well as biographies and books of poetry. With its spare but insightful prose and probing exploration of the price of our sins, Sarah Jane fits among his finest . . . This book will leave you marveling about our ability to carve out a life, no matter how different it is from what we expected.”
—BookPage

“A hypnotic, meticulously crafted crime novel . . . An insightful character study of one woman’s reckoning with her own demons, this is also a powerful look at contemporary America. Sallis is writing at the top of his game.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This quietly powerful blend of noir and character study finds both despair and great tenderness in the daily lives of ordinary people . . . Sallis’ words hold plenty.”
Booklist, Starred Review

“Sallis has a quiet way of narrating a powerful story of accidents and death. The lyrical language and ambiguous ending is reminiscent of the best of Craig Johnson’s ‘Longmire’ stories.”
—Library Journal, Starred Review

“James Sallis is never to be missed—never. Everything he writes is most worthy and so beautifully written to boot you will marvel. He’s a sorcerer with words. Because most of his novels feature a crime and subsequent matching atmosphere they are called mysteries but trust me these are novels first of the highest literary quality that work within the world of bad deeds gone even more wrong. Sarah Jane is no different. What’s not to admire in a sentence that reads; ‘There’s a small revolution going on in that sentence.’ Trust me—find this guy—start here—read this book!”
—Sheryl Cotleur, Copperfield’s Books (Northern California)

Praise for James Sallis

“A perfect piece of noir fiction . . . focus[ing] on those hollowed-out moments when a man’s moral landscape suddenly shifts and he’s plunged into darkness.”
The New York Times Book Review

“One stark and stunning tale of murder, treachery, and deceit.”
Boston Globe

“[Sallis] might just be one of our greatest living writers.”
USA Today   

“A taut page-turner . . . [and] a lovely piece of work that makes you wish some other writers would take lessons from [Sallis].”
—Washington Post
 
“One of the most enjoyable and most important writers working today, James Sallis has quietly revolutionized an entire genre of literature.”
—Sara Gran

“James Sallis is one of our greatest living crime writers . . . Try to get his words, his stories, his people out of your head. Just try.”
—Laura Lippman
 
“Speaking of Jim Sallis in the same tone as Poe and Dostoevsky is not overblowing on my part.”
—Harlan Ellison
 
“Sallis is a gifted writer and he doesn’t cram his story into this slim volume. Rather he distills it into a superbly potent brew that burns going down and explodes in the belly.”
—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine  

“James Sallis might be the ‘purest’ writer of crime fiction in America today . . . his books are worth reading solely for what rises from the inspired use of language.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“In addition to his masterly novels, Sallis is known for his work as a poet, and the lyrical beauty of his words shines through his pages. The story unfolds with the cadence of the down-home music that plays such an important part in the characters’ lives, weaving stories from the past through the narrative of the present to create a harmonious melody. It’s a crime that a writer this good isn’t better known.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Sallis’s treatment is minimalist, stylish, and all the more evocative for it. Essential noir existentialism.”
—The Guardian

“A story full of heart, imbued with a warmth of human spirit that most longer books could only dream of.”
—The Independent

“The power of simplicity and the musical ring of truth as only Sallis can deliver it—as he has done bravely, consistently, for the last few decades.”
The Los Angeles Times

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