He's wandered state-to-state, changing identities for nearly two decades.
Finally about to start life anew as a small-town Montana journalist, he's suddenly confronted by his darkly checkered past: the love of his life he'd felt forced to surrender, and the violent act that first expelled him onto the road and changed his life forever.
Jim's new novel has just been published, and is already receiving some great reviews. A few quotes:
"a smartly conceived, beguiling tale that few readers will forget" - Kirkus Reviews
"Jim Story again proves to be a master storyteller" - Manuel G. Gonzales, author of >Mexicanos: A History of Mexicans in the United States
"a captivating American odyssey" "a fast-paced tale" - Jonathan Woods, award-winning author of Bad Juju and Death in Mexico
"haunting" "compelling" "captures the joys and sorrows of existence" - D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
"A ferocious current keeps pulling you along" "the pure magical brilliance of the language" - Robert Roth, author of Health Proxy and Book of Pieces
A Shelf Unbound Notable Book available in paperback and as an ebook, Jim's recently published novel has been generating a lot of buzz:
"An insanely amusing adventure that has a deep love of language at its belly-shaking core."
"Exceptional, original, deftly crafted from beginning to end, ... an inherently fascinating, unique, funny, and compelling read ...very highly recommended..."
"...a merry, yearlong chase around the globe....A sure-handed narrative led by a hapless but resilient adventurer."
"...practically every paragraph twinkles with humor...erudite from start to finish...pretty much perfectly done."
— Ron Story (no relation!), Emeritus Professor at
the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and author
of Jonathan Edwards and the Gospel of Love
"In this comic masterpiece, an adventure, a mystery story of intrigue, betrayal and total absurdity, we take a wild ride with Charles Abel Baker (Charlie) through the underside of the literary world into the underside of multiple other worlds as he stumbles and careens into all kinds of trouble in an obsessive pursuit of his Dream. . . . And then there are those wonderful, occasional sex scenes -- hot as they are ridiculous-- that for me at least are a total turn on."
— Robert Roth, author of Health Proxy and
co-creator of the litmag And Then
"Jim Story's name says it all: he was meant to be a writer. I've never met an author more dedicated to his craft. I hope everyone reads this book!"
— Hannah Tinti, author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,
The Good Thief and Animal Crackers;
co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story
"A fascinating look at the issues of translation, publishing, and an unglamorous middle-age."
— Edith Grossman, award-winning translator of Cervantes,
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa
"This aptly named author serves up not just one story, but a series of adventures as entertaining as they are unlikely. Jim Story is a skillful writer with an engaging style, a turbulent imagination, a seemingly inexhaustible fund of cultural and literary lore, and a passion--indeed, as he calls it, a 'reverence'--for language."
— Hilary Orbach, Transgressions and Other Stories