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Jason Mott

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Jason Mott received a BFA in fiction and an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction have appeared in various journals including Prick of the Spindle, The Thomas Wolfe Review, The Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, Measure and Chautauqua. His works vis mere include two poetry collections, We Call This Thing Between Us Love and Hide Behind Me, and the novel The Returned. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Mott, Jason
North Carolina, USA
University of North Carolina
Priser og hædersbevisninger
2009 Pushcart Prize Award (Nomination)
Kort biografi
Jason Mott lives in southeastern North Carolina. He has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various literary journals. He was nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize award and Entertainment Weekly listed him as one of their 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch.



audio fiction (9 hours, 40 min)
Awards: National Book Award, Notable Books for Adults

funny/serious meta adventure (reading the named book that the protagonist talks about writing and promoting on book tour) that somehow involves a Black child (so dark-skinned his classmates have cruelly nicknamed him "Soot") who maybe can disappear at will and a best-selling author who meets him, or maybe just imagines he meets him. Both characters are from the small town of Bolton, North Carolina; significant time is also spent in San Francisco and Denver during the book tour.

Ridiculously comic moments are juxtaposed with a (purposefully) unsettling look at the protagonist's attempts to remain separate from the traumatic pervasiveness of a systemic disregard for the value of Black lives. An astounding, skillfully crafted story that I'll be thinking about for a long time.
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reader1009 | 36 andre anmeldelser | Nov 3, 2023 |
Dark and weird, this horror short has a satisfying completeness to it. Perfect for when you want to settle down for a bite of strange fiction.
AngelaJMaher | Oct 19, 2023 |

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time ... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

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This is a tough book to review. An elderly couple are confronted with their 8 year old son, who died decades ago, standing on the porch with a man from the FBI. The Hargrave couple are not the only ones to be confronted with their loved ones returning apparently from the grave - whole families are coming back to the place they feel they should be, all across the world. More and more come back, some are accepted, some not. How the different global governments deal with it differs, and the US government starts rounding them up into internment camps - one based in the town where the Hargraves live, slowly pushing the people out of their homes as more and more of the no longer dead keep being bused in.

Finally, Lucille decides to make a stance, which brings things to a head, at least in their part of the country. Much of the book, little seems to happen. More Returned arrive, then slowly start disappearing (with or without "help" of the army). The True Living object, riot, picket the camps. The Returned who are not in a camp struggle with being back in the world, and are hounded and harassed. It's never explained why the Returned come back - presumably to compound that the Governments never find out why and can only say the Returned are being "processed" - without telling what "processing" means either.

In the end it's about "goodbyes", and attempting to get explanations for why something happens, without always getting the answer you think you're looking for.

Some reviewers have given this a 5 star review, and to be honest I'm struggling to justify one that high - this is somewhere in the 3 to 4 star range, bumped down to a 3 due to the ebook formatting issues I had - see below.

(note: the ebook format I got - which ended up being read on an ipad mini with Kindle software, was not the best formatting, with few page and section breaks. This meant that the story line could change focus from one character to another with no break, which lead to a small confusion for the reader).… (mere)
nordie | 117 andre anmeldelser | Oct 14, 2023 |
Such an interesting idea for a book. Think of what could happen, now forget that because the author isn't going to use any of it, he decided to write a slow, depressing story with unlikeable characters.
larocco | 23 andre anmeldelser | Sep 6, 2023 |



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