February 10, 2017

Lone Star Book Blog Tours : Love Give Us One Death by Jeff P. Jones

LOVE GIVE US  ONE DEATH
  Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days
by
Jeff P. Jones


**WINNER: 2016 Idaho Author Award** **WINNER: 2015 George Garrett Fiction Prize** Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Date of Publication: October 25, 2016
Number of Pages: 232

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Bonnie and Clyde are the most famous outlaw pair in American history. Frank Hamer, the legendary Texas Ranger, was hired to stop them. Part prose, part verse, with historical artifacts interwoven, the well-researched novel tells the story of their deaths on a lonely Louisiana back road, as well as their bloody and short lives together. Its many voices invite the reader to become a ghost rider along with Bonnie and Clyde, while it also exposes the forces of injustice and greed that created them.








 PRAISE FOR LOVE GIVE US ONE DEATH:



"If you are a fan of historical fiction, you must secure a copy of his debut novel in which Jones 'added, subtracted and distorted facts' adroitly and creatively in his re-telling of Bonnie and Clyde's last days. There are very few writers who can write like Jones -- in many voices and in various forms -- but he choreographs his work like an award-winning producer, designating him as unique as the members of the Clyde Barrow Gang." -Idaho Statesman

"Love Give Us One Death delivers not only a knock-out story of brutal adventure, and love, across the heartland of the Great Depression, but a story about the very character of the republic itself." -Robert Wrigley, Poet

"This is the history of love and destruction you didn’t know you needed. In a time of Public Enemies, we see the last legs of a journey between the violent and manic Romeo and Juliet-like pair. The last public outlaws are riding away into their last sunrise, and this book serves as its journal.” -Atticus Books

“The language is absolutely stunning. Characterization, historical setting, ambience are all accurate and depicted with great clarity. A terrific achievement.” -Mary Clearman Blew, Author of All But the Waltz

“This is historical fiction raised boldly to the level of myth.” -Tracy Daugherty, Author of The Last Love Song






Connecting to the Past
Guest Post by Jeff P. Jones

This novel was a way for me to connect with my ancestors, sharecroppers in east Texas who, like Bonnie and Clyde and their families, endured the 1920s Texas drought and the Great Depression. In an effort to track Bonnie and Clyde, the Dallas Police tapped the Barrow family phone in April, 1934. Imagine my pleasure when I came across the handwritten record of that phone tap in the Dallas Public Library archives:

*This is Mr. Leforce. Ruth said you had 2 pigs to sell. 
*She said 'oh yes.' We have 2 little pigs we bought during the last stock show we want to sell. 
*He said have they been around any sick hogs? 
*She said no. 
*He said Why do you want to sell them? 
*She said We have no place for them when it rains.

Despite the nearly eight decades of separation, I could hear on that crackling phone line the sound of my family's speech: the brimming rise-and-drop in the "oh yes" that conveyed just how eager Clyde Barrow's mother was to receive the man's inquiry, and that soggy lilt in "rains" that caused the word to sag until it broke into two syllables--"ray-ens"--and broke again into raindrops making a slop of the yard.

Suddenly the project felt electric. Everything hummed. I would use this novel, I understood, to reanimate the speech of my ancestors. 

I worked on early chapters of this book at the MacDowell Colony, a place that's pure magic.


  





JEFF P. JONES's ancestors were sharecroppers in east Texas. He was born in Denver, and was educated at the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Washington, and the University of Idaho. He’s a MacDowell Fellow, and his writing has won a Pushcart Prize, as well as the Hackney, Meridian Editors', A. David Schwartz, Wabash, and Lamar York prizes. He lives on the Palouse in northern Idaho. This is his first book.





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5 Winners! One winner  wins poster & signed copy; Four winners win signed copies!
(US ONLY)
December 13 - December 22, 2016

CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:


12/13
Guest Post 1
12/14
Review
12/15
Excerpt 1
12/16
Author Interview 1
12/17
Review
12/18
Excerpt 2
12/19
Illustration
12/20
Review
12/21
Author Interview 2
12/22
Review




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