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The More They Disappear: A Novel Hardcover – August 2, 2016
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“A fine first novel … Donaldson is a soulful writer, especially sensitive to imagery that reflects [his] young sheriff’s sense of desolation.” –The New York Times
"[T]he puzzles behind every plot twist never stop coming in this brilliant and perverse first novel." -The Toronto Star
"Donaldson relentlessly tracks the devastating fallout from [a sheriff’s] death as it sweeps through Marathon, Ky." –Publishers Weekly
“Forget genre labels. This is a stunning novel, period.” ―Booklist (starred review)
"The More They Disappear delivers everything a reader could want. On one hand a compelling literary thriller, on the other a deep and generous meditation on life in a small town torn by addiction, poverty, and corruption." -Philipp Meyer, author of The Son
"Smart and fast-paced but also deeply humane, The More They Disappear is everything I look for in a novel." -Holly Goddard Jones, author of The Next Time You See Me
“This feels like what Denis Johnson, Richard Price, or even Graham Greene might have written if they had the precise feel for the region that gave us bluegrass and bourbon.” -Daniel Torday, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West
"A heartbreaking whydunit set in the ferocious Kentucky hills, The More They Disappear is relentless but masterful in its portrayal of love, addiction, and lonesomeness." ―Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek
“People die, drug deals go wrong, things get real ugly, but the heart of this novel is its attentiveness to all the ways we fail to love and be loved.” ―Michael Parker, author of The Watery Part of the World
"Donaldson's debut goes beyond the genres of crime and mystery into something much deeper and more profound. Read this book." ―James Scott, author of The Kept
"If there’s anyone out there still lamenting the absence of Elmore Leonard’s “Justified” on TV, you can get your fix of small-town Kentucky criminals in Jesse Donaldson’s debut thriller, The More They Disappear.... The novel works on a number of levels and should appeal to a broad swath of readers, whether you’re looking for an action-filled genre story or an introspective study of how addiction and poverty can lead to absolute corruption, lies, and shattered dreams." -BookPage
"The More They Disappear makes great use of a number of diverse characters, perspectives, and parts of a town to tell a gripping and powerful tale. It's the best kind of crime fiction, in that it tells a story with some fun twists and turns and also illustrates some powerful and painful truths about the human condition." -Criminal Element
About the Author
Jesse Donaldson was born and raised in Kentucky, attended Kenyon College and Oregon State University, and was a fellow at The Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. His writing has appeared in The Oxford American, Little Star, and Crazyhorse. Among other things, he's worked as a gardener, copywriter, teacher, and maintenance man. He currently lives in Oregon with his wife and daughter. The More They Disappear is his first novel.
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At the heart of the story is an ugly thread of reality — the early years of the prescription drug/OxyContin boom — that would unspool across the country, threading its way into countless families, cutting lives short, ruining others. In this way, we as readers, are prescient and that only adds to the emotion of the story. Though these are fictional characters, their trajectories have played out in countless addicts.
The book is written with such beautifully subtle language, the kind that sweeps you into the story, into the center of the small rural Kentucky town called Marathon, without even realizing it, where you can vividly see the characters and watch the events as they unfold. A thoughtful, honest book, an emotional thriller in its truest form.
I loved it.
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