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Jones's brief and bewildering war fable pursues the plight of a town battling to free itself from the brutal hold of the month of February (also sometimes a person or a force or merely a metaphor), a meanie that has not allowed its wintry grip to lift for hundreds of days. When the despairing townspeople, led by valiant Thaddeus Lowe and his wife and daughter, suffer reprisals from February and the priests for trying to break the weather, a group of former balloonists don bird masks and, calling themselves the Solution, instigate a rebellion. Thaddeus's daughter, Bianca, is kidnapped, along with other children, leading Thaddeus to plot ways to deceive February: townspeople walk around pretending it's summer and secure light boxes around their heads to simulate the sun. February, meanwhile, may simply be feeling unloved by his wife, the girl who smells of honey and smoke and who seems eerily like Bianca. It's a quaint and bizarre allegory that explores the perils of equivocation, but it's likely more pleased with its own cleverness than readers will be. (June)
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Originally issued in a limited edition of fewer than 1,000 copies, this unique novel of seasonal affective disorder come to life is now being published by a major house. In spare prose that could almost be considered poetry, Jones tells the story of a town ravaged by endless winter. Well, nearly endless—it’s been February for several hundred days straight. But February isn’t only a relentless month; it’s also the malevolent being holding the town under its sway. Wracked by depression and spurred on when children start to go missing, the townsfolk mount a war against February, who also turns out, well, sort of, to be the author of the story, struggling to romance the “girl who smells of honey and smoke.” Jones’ imagery and layers of metaphor and metafiction are alternately difficult to penetrate and light as air, like wandering in and out of a fever dream where the moment things come into focus they dissipate again. In that vein, this literary gem of metaphysical malaise has that ideally weird blend of offputting sensualism and heartfelt emotion—just the sort of thing to ensure a dedicated, if limited, following. --Ian ChipmanSee all Editorial Reviews
The first word that comes to mind, after having read this something-like-a-déjà vu-feeling of a novel, is magical. Read morePublished 5 days ago by WORDMAN
Let's be clear: I hate poetry. Hate it. For a while it seemed like Light Boxes was going to be too much poetry and not enough anything else that I don't hate. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bedeviled Haberdasher
A review of “Light Boxes” by Shane Jones
My friend Mike (musician Mike, not writer Mike that I mentioned in my last post) recommended this book to me several weeks ago. Read more
came in good condition. this book is very flowery, and poetic. i like to read it in the winter to go with the book :)Published 14 months ago by Genevieve
I originally purchased this book because it was recommended to me by some algorithm that knew I read and enjoyed Salvador Plascencia’s People of Paper (which I did heartily enjoy,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Professor Boomer
When I think of possible worst-case-scenarios, a Cheney/Limbaugh Presidency hovers right near the top of the list. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Pope Mel
Upon opening this book a had some reservations because I had never seen a book set up the way Light Boxes had. Once i dove into the book though I fell in love. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rachel Stolts
Light Boxes would be better described as a long poem than a novel. I enjoyed the language but found the story hard to follow.Published 22 months ago by Tonya K. Hamer
This is my first review, so please pardon any errors in the form of this, but I felt compelled to write this. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Terri A.