By Jeff Jackson
One of the 'Best Books of 2013.'
—Slate, Flavorwire, Largehearted Boy, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor
"To learn Jeff Jackson’s Mira Corpora is to go into right into a trance country. A hypnotic, brutal, and lyric exploration of teenage, trauma and the development of reminiscence, this novel is like not anything I’ve ever learn earlier than and is, definitely, one in every of my favourite books released this year."
—Laura van den Berg, Salon
"A piercing howl of a publication. Slyly seductive and completely gripping ... [Jackson's] prose virtually crackles and sparks. This punk coming-of-age tale smolders lengthy after the publication is through."
"Style is pre-eminent in Jeff Jackson's eerie and enigmatic debut. The prose works just like the expressionless mask worn through killers in horror films."
—Wall road Journal
"Episodic but suspenseful, smeared with gutter detritus but glittering with right-on apercus, the radical gives you either jolts to the backbone and nutrients for thought."
"A gutter punk Catcher within the Rye."
"What’s so much compelling—and terrifying... is the originality and execution. [Mira Corpora] has a really cinematic caliber to it, just like the dreamscapes of a Lynch, or, greater, an odd, filmic mash-up of Lord of the Flies, Demian, and House of Leaves, as directed by way of concord Korine."
"[A] enchanting debut, which reads like a few pass among Bruno Schulz and the backstories of random characters from Penelope Spheeris’ 1984 movie Suburbia. It’s the overarching sensibility that still places Mira Corpora in a special crew of books that could purely be dubbed Punk Lit. "
"It's positive paintings in its manic pacing and its summoning of yes cultural trademarks. current demanding with a vengeance. i am hoping the booklet unearths the intense readers who're available in the market watching for this sort of fiction to hit them within the face."
"Jeff Jackson is among the such a lot terribly proficient younger writers i have learn in a long time. His unusually serene but gripping, unsettling, and wonderfully rendered novel Mira Corpora has inside of all of it the earmarks of an immense new literary voice."
Mira Corpora is the debut novel from acclaimed playwright Jeff Jackson, an encouraged, dreamlike experience by way of a particular new talent.
Literary and artistic, but additionally fast paced and gripping, Mira Corpora charts the adventure of a tender runaway. A coming-of-age tale for those who hate coming-of-age tales, that includes a colony of outcast kids, teenage oracles, leisure parks haunted by way of gibbons, mysterious cassette tapes, and a reclusive underground rockstar.
With staggering precision, Jackson weaves a relocating story of discovery and self-preservation throughout a startling, bright landscape.
Jeff Jackson holds an MFA from NYU and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Virginia heart for the artistic Arts. 5 of his performs were produced by way of the Obie Award–winning Collapsable Giraffe company.
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There’s doubtless approximately it. ” yet i will suppose the momentum draining away. Our platitudes approximately wearing on sound listless, like speeches at an infant’s wake. we attempt to distract ourselves via concentrating on the band that’s on the point of play at the wood degree within the nook. Lena has an idea. She smoothes her multi-color tresses, fixes her lipstick, pastes on her cutest smile, and strolls over to request a bunch through kinfolk Mersey. A balm for our disappointments. She returns to the desk donning a powerful scowl.
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I’ve been residing alone and haven’t made a cautious inspection of my mirrored image in days. or even it’s even been weeks. possibly this individual sees anything I can’t. “Did you now not recognize? ” the fellow asks. “Your hand has been very sluggish to heal, has it now not? Didn’t you discover this strange? it's a symptom of the sickness. don't be ashamed. in the beginning my negative buddy didn't realize it both. yet i understand how that can assist you. ” It’s actual the scarlet minimize throughout my hand hasn’t correctly scabbed. probably i've got shriveled an epidemic.
It’s a poor sound. The siblings seize their weapons tighter. They’ll burst off in a minute, yet no longer but. We leisure by means of a tree stump. the woman gets rid of a pack of cigarettes from her denim shorts and the siblings each one illuminate. “We’re now not undesirable at hunting,” the woman says to me. “We’ve simply received a unique plan. ” They pull the smoke into their mouths then exhale, repeatedly. Their faces appear old. The boy makes ideal smoke earrings. I pucker my lips and fake to blow circles in mute admiration. possibly they’ve introduced me alongside to educate me anything.