Jesse Ball is a poet and novelist. His novels include The Way Through Doors (2009) and Samedi the Deafness (2007), which was a finalist for the Believer Book Award. He has published books of poetry and prose, The Village on Horseback (2010), Vera & Linus (2006), March Book (2004). A book of his drawings, Og svo kom nottin, appeared in Iceland in 2006. He won the Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize in 2008 for The Early Deaths of Lubeck, Brennan, Harp & Carr. His poetry has appeared in the Best American Poetry series. He is an assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches classes on lying, lucid dreaming and general practice.
This book had an emotional impact that sat just beyond reach but was always present. It makes one appreciate how much we have and forces us to consider how easily we could lose... Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Roberta S. Bloom
If you don't like this book, then you must not enjoy fine literature. Jesse Ball is a baller with words. Respect.Published on August 28, 2012 by R. Takamizu
In many ways, I felt this novel was more interested in style than substance ... actually, much like poetry in a way. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by JRubino
Like a capricious demi-god, author Jesse Ball plays with his audience, and, like a cruel but creative demi-god, he manipulates to cause as much unhappiness in his creation and his... Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by Ellen Etc.
This is a magical book about a city taken over by secret police, where the citizens are confronted with multiple choices about how to resist or not to resist the take over. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by Katherine F. Bryant
This is a dystopian novel with some new ideas. The characters are likable and relatable. The story is short and moves smoothly and the writing is easy but poetic. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Kaitlin Kelly
I think I've been hesitant to include Jesse Ball near the top of the list of my favorite authors only because he's so young. Read morePublished on September 17, 2011 by Zach Powers