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text 2013-12-11 08:54
The 10 Best Debut Novels of 2013
Necessary Errors - Caleb Crain
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. - Adelle Waldman
You Are One of Them - Elliott Holt
In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods - Matt Bell
The Facades - Eric Lundgren
The Panopticon - Jenni Fagan
Tampa - Alissa Nutting
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - Ayana Mathis
Mira Corpora - Jeff Jackson
Elect H. Mouse State Judge: A Novel - Nelly Reifler

What are yours best books of 2013?

Source: flavorwire.com/428730/the-10-best-debut-novels-of-2013/10
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review 2013-10-15 08:58
BOOKSHOTS: Teen runaways, deserted funfairs and punk frontmen
Mira Corpora - Jeff Jackson

Who Wrote It?:

Acclaimed playwright Jeff Jackson, who has had five plays produced by the Obie award winning theater company, Collapsible Giraffe.

 

Plot in a Box:

 

"A coming-of-age story for people who hate coming-of-age stories" about a young runaway and the gaps in his dream-like memory.

 

Invent a New Title For This Book:

Wonderful Bodies

Read This If You Like:

Dennis Cooper, recommendations by Don DeLillo, the publishing sensibilities of Two Dollar Radio, the writing of J.T. Leroy even though he was a fraud.

Meet the Book’s Lead:

 

Jeff Jackson, apparent authorial avatar who I hope is more fiction than fact, proud owner of one seriously disturbed childhood.

 

Said Lead Would Be Portrayed In a Movie By:

 

Any number of damaged, androgynous boys that populate independent queer cinema and The CW.

 

Setting: Would You Want to Live There?

 

An orphanage? A forest surrounding an abandoned amusement park? The alley behind a Chinese food restaurant? No thanks.

 

What was your favorite sentence?

 

At first I think I'm going blind, but then I realize there's nothing to fear. A veil is being lifted. I watch as the house transforms itself around me. The paint on the walls, the furrowed lines of my palms, the oracles huddled in the hallway with their twitching shoulder blades—everything is slowly becoming blank.

 

The Verdict:

 

Read the rest of Josh Chaplinksy's review here.

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review 2013-09-30 00:00
Mira Corpora - Jeff Jackson Got it from goodreads giveaway. I like the surreal setting and the narrative voice, although I'm not sure if I completely understand it.
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review 2011-11-13 00:00
Curses
Curses - Jacqueline Paige,Jeff Jackson,Jared from Off The Wall Creations review to come.
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