Soon-to-be New York Times best-selling, award-winning author Mirkwood Jones launches first book with Book View Cafe!
A lyrical, poignant work of art in which cancer-ridden Alice waits for death in the alley where a gang of faceless thugs drags her. During the excruciatingly real, poignantly lyrical and nuanced violence she looks back through her life choices–the alcoholic parents, the abusive teachers, the backstabbing alpha girls in kindergarten–which set her on this grim, meaningless road.
“This nuanced, poignantly lyrical novel will sweep the awards!” –Booklist
“I wept. I cried. I threw Proust and James and Woolf out into the street under a passing cement mixer, and put Jones in the place of honor.” –Kirkus
“I thought Americans didn’t know the difference between lie and lay!”–The Guardian
And now, before the world book launch tour, an exclusive interview with Book View Cafe!
BVC: Book View Cafe was lucky to acquire your magnificent, soon-to-be award-winning book, and to host the first exclusive interview before you begin your world-wide book tour. So tell us about this book. Since it is the first, I gather there is a sequel?
JONES: Sequels are genre. I am writing a triptych. Three books thematically linked.
BVC: So, why do you have ‘a novel’ after the title? Readers are unlikely to go to B&N to, say, buy a fish. Ha-ha.
JONES: In literary tradition, memoirs were so popular that the title often required ‘A Novel’ to be appended to apprise the reader that the work was fictional.
BVC: That was a century or two back. Nowadays, wouldn’t its placement on the fiction shelves do the trick?
JONES: The experienced reader will recognize the long and distinguished tradition signified by the appendage. And in reading the work, will appreciate the deep irony.
BVC: Irony? So A NOVEL: A Novel isn’t really fiction?
JONES: A fictional memoir, in the tradition of Tristram Shandy and—
BVC: So it’s not a memoir, it is fiction.
JONES: It is interstitial literature, a fictive memoir, an equipose . . .
BVC: Righto. But your deal with Book View Cafe–whose stellar line is available here, buy one now, or buy a dozen for friends and family!–indicated that there’s to be more than one.
JONES: First, there is A Novel: A Novel, complemented next year by Memoir: A Novel, and the final piece de resistance, to appear in 2015, A Novel: the Novel Memoir.
BVC: And what makes it literary as opposed to mainstream? Is it because there is no punctuation? Or is it because of the second person plural future conditional POV?
JONES: I like to believe that it is my lyrical and nuanced prose. My Book View Cafe editor told me while we were lunching at Per Se that my work is superior to James Joyce’s jejune jeremiads—
BVC: Jeremiads? Jejune jeremiads? At least you didn’t say lit’ry instead of literary.
JONES: I’ve been practicing it, you know, with an eyebrow lift to convey irony, for when I win the Booker. As for the jejune jeremiads, well, I’m supposed to pep up my image by sounding controversial, since I’m not 22 and cute, haven’t murdered anyone, nor have I dated Kim Kardassian. So the only controversy I can come up with is trashing the greats.
BVC: Okay. so we stopped at the jejune jeremiads.
JONES: My intent was to explore the interlocked meanings of words, which guarantees that no two readers read the same book.
BVC: If no two readers read the same book, and I totally get that, then how do you expect to be winning awards? Doesn’t that argue shared reaction?
JONES: I think awards are a social action more than a literary, but when my agent was running the auction, I overheard the price jump a million or two when the word ‘rape’ was mentioned.
BVC: Oh, yes, the editor here at Book View Cafe (here’s a link in case the reader missed the first two) was overheard to mention the expected exponential book order jumps due to the nuanced, gritty realism and unflinching lyrical truth of a rape.
JONES: ‘A’ rape? Everybody gets raped. The Earth gets raped. The atmosphere, more rape. The theme, if anything, is that homo sapiens sapiens is homo sapiens raptorem.
BVC: Rapo-sapiens. Whoa. With that much rapey goodness, I predict you will totally sweep the boards, award-wise.
JONES: Thank you. Here’s your signed copy. I won’t say I hope you enjoy it, as it is supposed to be a searing, evisceratingly nuanced reading experience, but, well, I hope you find it searing and evisceratingly nuanced as well as poignantly lyrical.