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Jesse Ball

Born in New York in 1978, Jesse Ball is the author of fourteen books, including the novels Samedi the Deafness and How to Set a Fire and Why.  His prizewinning works of absurdity have been published to acclaim in many parts of the world and translated into more than a dozen languages. He is on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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A Cure for Suicide
Written by Jesse Ball
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 14, 2016
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-87213-0 (1-101-87213-6)

***LONG-LISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD***

A man and a woman have moved into a small house in a small village. The woman is an "examiner," charged with teaching the man a series of simple functions—this is a chair, this is a fork, this is how you meet people. Still, the man... Read more






A Cure for Suicide
Written by Jesse Ball
Pantheon | Hardcover | July 2015
$24.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-87012-9 (1-101-87012-5)

***LONG-LISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD***

From the author of Silence Once Begun, a beguiling new novel about a man starting over at the most basic level, and the strange woman who insinuates herself into his life and memory.

A man and a woman have moved into a small house in a small... Read more






The Curfew
Written by Jesse Ball
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2011
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-73985-8 (0-307-73985-6)

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...

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How to Set a Fire and Why
Written by Jesse Ball
Pantheon | Hardcover | July 5, 2016
$24.95/33.95(Canada) | 978-1-101-87057-0 (1-101-87057-5)

The highly acclaimed author of A Cure for Suicide now gives us a singular, blistering novel about a teenage girl who has lost everything—and will burn anything.

Lucia's father is dead; her mother is in a mental institute; she's living in a garage-turned-bedroom with her aunt. And now she's been kicked... Read more






Samedi the Deafness
Written by Jesse Ball
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2007
$12.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-27885-2 (0-307-27885-9)

One morning in the park James Sim discovers a man, crumpled on the ground, stabbed in the chest. In the man's last breath, he whispers his confession: Samedi.

What follows is a spellbinding game of cat and mouse as James is abducted, brought to an asylum, and seduced by a woman... Read more






Silence Once Begun
Written by Jesse Ball
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2014
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-345-80552-2 (0-345-80552-6)

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...

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The Way Through Doors
Written by Jesse Ball
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2009
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-38746-2 (0-307-38746-1)

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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