Evel Knievel Jumps the Snake River Canyon

Kelly Jones. Ninth Avenue Press, $12 trade paper (202p) ISBN 978-0-9914468-0-3
Jones’s collection of tales of recent middle-American life covers a wide range of protagonists: a 10-year-old boy spending the summer with his grandmother when Evel Knievel comes to town; an elderly woman confronting the loss of yet another husband (she’s had five); a woman putting her life back together after an abusive relationship. These stories all are deftly told character-driven tales set in quiet towns, with sensitivity and affection for the characters. Jones moves fluidly between (mostly) female protagonists of various ages and life experiences and a young boy’s coming of age; the small town, and the Watergate-era life portrayed in the title story, creates a strong sense of that world. Though there are no serious revelations, the very intimate character (and setting) studies of this collection create an incredibly strong sense of contemporary Americana. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 02/16/2015
Release date: 06/01/2014
Genre: Fiction
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