Love Give Us One Death: Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days (Paperback)

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Bonnie and Clyde are the most famous outlaw pair in American history, children of the Dust Bowl, illicit lovers whose criminal run inspired fear and admiration in a country desperate for antiheroes. Their bloody path, spoking outward from their family homes in Dallas, ranged across the Southwest, the desiccated southern plains, and the Midwest. Frank Hamer, the legendary Texas Ranger, was hired to stop them. The story of their death on a lonely Louisiana back road, as well as their short life together, is a story of a nation reaping the results of environmental degradation, injustice, and greed.

"In Love Give Us One Death, Jeff Jones pieces together a story we think we know, about desperate lives and American violence.  As the tale unfolds, we see its larger dimensions:  the spiritual shadows and compulsive needs from which our nation springs and through which it has found its many forms of speech.  This is historical fiction raised boldly to the level of myth."—Tracy Daugherty, Final Judge

“The language throughout the novel is absolutely stunning. Characterization, historical setting, ambience are all accurate and depicted with great clarity. A terrific achievement.”—Mary Clearman Blew

"This is just a damned fine piece of work."—Robert Wrigley

About the Author

JEFF P. JONES was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. His paternal ancestors were sharecroppers in East Texas. He’s a MacDowell Fellow, and his fiction has won several awards, including the A. David Schwartz, Hackney, Wabash, and Meridian Editors’ prizes. He lives on the Palouse in northern Idaho. This is his first book.

Praise For…

“It will be clear to any discerning reader that Jeff Jones’ Love Give Us One Death is part of a tradition if not begun then nearly perfected by Michael Ondaatje, in books like The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Coming Through Slaughter.  Part prose, part verse, replete with fragmentary interludes, newspaper stories, unpunctuated meditations, transcripts, play-like exchanges, and even a vintage cartoon, Love Give Us One Death is the work of a capacious, supple, and singular imagination.  It explores the mythology of a pair of iconic American outlaws; it deconstructs that romantic myth and offers its readers a window into the lives and deaths of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, murderers and thieves who were also lovers.  It may be this last fact that has somehow elevated the pair into the pantheon American criminality.  Jones knows this in his bones.  In the process of this book’s exploration, Love Give Us One Death delivers not only a knock-out story of brutal adventure, and love, across the heartland of the Great Depression, but a story about the very character of the republic itself.”
—Robert Wrigley

Product Details
ISBN: 9781680030976
ISBN-10: 1680030973
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Publication Date: October 25th, 2016
Pages: 232
Language: English