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"Beautifully written." - Donald Westlake, three-time Edgar Award Winning author

"A bizarre and intriguing tale...a lot of fun!" - Franco Nero, star of Django
"...a rollicking good time...funny and compelling as hell. An often grim, often intense meditation on violence and revenge and history, full of surprisingly complex and odd characters who all seem to have their own agendas. I could practically taste the dust from the Texas plains." - ComicsBulletin
"Best-selling author Micah Nathan likes pushing the boundaries of storytelling. With his newest book, Nathan keeps pushing." - RedEye Chicago

"... with several fantastic characters in this rollicking, adventurous tale.. fast-paced, adrenaline-filled, with fantastic dialogue that brings Elvis back to life in a new, deliciously lascivious way." -- Booklist, Losing Graceland

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: One Peace Books (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935548220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935548225
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,318,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Micah Nathan is the author of the collection "Jack the Bastard and Other Stories" (One Peace Books, 2012), along with the internationally bestselling novel "Gods of Aberdeen" (Simon & Schuster, 2005) and the novel "Losing Graceland" (Crown, 2011). He was the 2010 recipient of Boston University's Saul Bellow Prize for Fiction, has received an Associated Press Award, and was a finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award and the Innovative Fiction Award.

His novels have been translated into seven languages, and his essays and short stories have appeared in Vanity Fair, The Best American Mystery Stories, Boston Globe Magazine, Glimmer Train, The Gettysburg Review, Bellingham Review, LEMON Magazine (as contributing editor), and other national publications. Micah is an Artists Fellow at the St. Botolph Club and a roving writer-in-residence at Kingston University in London. He lives in Boston, where he occasionally teaches film, literature, and creative writing.

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It has been some time since I've read any short stories that weren't for school in one way or another. Anthologies have always stood mentally as these tomes filled with three stories that support the purchase of the book be it for class or simply because the other stories don't hold up to the caliber of work that the book's greater stories might meet. So when I approached Jack the Bastard by Micah Nathan, it was with trepidation and without any idea of what I might expect and to open, this book has restored to me the idea that an anthology can be an enjoyable and strong read.

While the book seemed to heavily tout the illustrations by comic artists like Michael Allred and Phil Noto amongst others, Micah Nathan's descriptive power and use of prose is infinitely stronger and more vibrant from the treacherous journey that is the title story to the smaller moments between people who have fallen out of love in One Act. Nathan is able to paint vivid descriptions with such an energy that I think he negates any need for illustrations.

The stories themselves lack a connected theme but all stand strong. One Act is the most Mad Men-esqe story that I've read building this mental connection to the series which I feel might have been intentional. Meanwhile As The Old Greeks Would Say feels like some lost early era Woody Allen piece dealing with a missing daughter and the cousin sent to find her. I bring up these pop culture comparisons because these stories are strong enough to deserve it. They are references without being referential, they invoke a strong enough spirit to stand on their own.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RBella on December 11, 2013
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This book hooked me from the moment I opened it. Incredible collection of stories that build to a fun, intense, finale with Jack the Bastard. I had so much fun reading it...almost couldn't put it down. It actually kept me up in the evenings!

I have been reading Mr. Nathan's novels for quite some time. Gods of Aberdeen is beautifully written (one of my favorites of all time), Losing Graceland (LOVE the dialogue and coming-of-age story-line), and read some of his short stories (found them on his website: [...] . Can't say enough good things about the writing style - poetic at times, edgy, dialogue-driven, adventurous - he knows how to grip you and paints incredibly vivid stories. I can't wait for his next book!
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