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Jesse Ball
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  • About this Author
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Jesse Ball is the author of four novels--Samedi the Deafness, The Way Through Doors, The Curfew, and Silence Once Begun--as well as several works of verse, bestiaries, and sketchbooks. His prizes include the 2008 Paris Review Plimpton Prize; his verse has been included in the Best American Poetry series. He gives classes on lucid dreaming and lying in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's MFA Writing program. His next novel, A Cure for Suicide, is to be published by Pantheon in 2015.

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July 21, 2015
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A Cure for Suicide
A Novel
Written by Jesse Ball


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 21, 2015
Price: $23.95

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A Cure for Suicide
A Novel
Written by Jesse Ball


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: July 21, 2015
Price: $11.99

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The Curfew

Written by Jesse Ball


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $15.00

William and Molly lead a life of small pleasures, riddles at the kitchen table, and games of string and orange peels. All around them a city rages with war. When the uprising began, William’s wife was taken, leaving him alone with their young daughter. They keep their heads down and try... Read more >
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The Curfew

Written by Jesse Ball


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Samedi the Deafness

Written by Jesse Ball


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $12.95

"Jesse Ball creates a likable hero fit for a Kafka novel, but then drops him into a mesmerizing and villainous plot worthy of Ian Fleming and subjects him to the kind of rabbit hole examination of identity we expect from David Lynch. Ball is a sophisticated and fascinating new writer." —Kevin... Read more >
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Samedi the Deafness

Written by Jesse Ball


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 15, 2008
Price: $9.99

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Silence Once Begun
A Novel
Written by Jesse Ball


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 4, 2014
Price: $15.95

Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same Japanese town, a single playing card found on each door. Known as “the Narito Disappearances,” the crime has authorities baffled—until a confession appears on the police’s doorstep, signed by one Oda Sotatsu, a thread salesman. 
 
Sotatsu is... Read more >
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Silence Once Begun
A Novel
Written by Jesse Ball


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $23.95

From the celebrated author of The Curfew (“A spare masterwork of dystopian fiction” —The New York Times Book Review), Jesse Ball’s Silence Once Begun is an astonishing novel of unjust conviction, lost love, and a journalist’s obsession.

Over the course of several months, eight people vanish from their homes in the same... Read more >
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Silence Once Begun
A Novel
Written by Jesse Ball


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $11.99

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The Way Through Doors

Written by Jesse Ball


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $13.95

With his debut novel, Samedi the Deafness, Jesse Ball emerged as one of our most extraordinary new writers. Now, Ball returns with this haunting tale of love and storytelling, hope and identity.

When Selah Morse sees a young woman get hit by a speeding taxicab, he rushes her to the hospital. The... Read more >
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The Way Through Doors

Written by Jesse Ball


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2009
Price: $9.99

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