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Jesse Ball

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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A Cure for Suicide
Written by Jesse Ball
Pantheon | Hardcover | July 21, 2015
$23.95/27.95(Canada) | 978-1-101-87012-9 (1-101-87012-5)

From the author of Silence Once Begun—one of our most audacious and original writers—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... Read more






The Curfew
Written by Jesse Ball
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2011
$15.00/17.00(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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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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Silence Once Begun
Written by Jesse Ball
Pantheon | Hardcover | January 2014
$23.95/26.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-90848-3 (0-307-90848-8)

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...

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The Way Through Doors
Written by Jesse Ball
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2009
$13.95/15.95(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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