Love and Other Wounds: Stories


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Ecco Press
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5.5 X 8.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.0 pounds

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About the Author

Jordan Harper was born and educated in Missouri. He has been a music journalist, film critic, and TV writer. He lives in Los Angeles.


"Jordan Harper is one of the best short story writers of this generation."--Todd Robinson
"A beautifully-written ride through America's inner darkness."--Roger Hobbs, author of Ghostman
"With Love and Other Wounds, Jordan Harper achieves the rarest of literary feats: an economy of language that manages to both concentrate and expand. His starkly beautiful take on the wide-eyed and downtrodden stabs at the heart of the American Dream."--Joe Clifford, author of Junkie Love and Lamentation
"Each one of the stories in Harper's slim debut collection goes off like a shotgun blast of crime fiction tropes... the entire collection is a tight, tough parcel of pulpy, high-octane tales."--Publishers Weekly
"Raw, gritty, and unsettling... VERDICT: As he runs, John's mouth 'felt full of hot pennies, ' and every story here is a hot penny worth much more. For fans of Cormac McCarthy, Daniel Woodrell, and Bruce Machart."--Library Journal
"Bottom-line survival competes hard against issues of loyalty, friendship, and family in this disturbing, sometimes-ugly version of reality."--Kirkus Reviews
"With his first collection of short stories, Love and Other Wounds, Missouri-native Jordan Harper kicks the door of crime fiction off its splintered frame."--Publishers Weekly
"What sets Harper apart is his ability to deliver genuine literary epiphanies...Harper delivers tension, action, black humor, sex, and violence-but, above all, characters we quickly know, understand, and still remember even after their brains have painted the walls."--Booklist
"His words hit with the impact of a shotgun blast and tear at any sense of security like an angry Rottweiler."--Los Angeles Magazine
"[A] young writer that will probably only remain under the radar for a short time... Jordan Harper's Love and Other Wounds hits you like the smooth burn of a shot of whiskey, awakens your senses, and is an all-around, visceral tour de force."--Huffington Post
"Harper brings his own skewed eye and ear to what he calls 'that country-grit subculture'... Harper's stories are relentlessly violent, but he seasons the violence with compassion for his characters' fates."--Shelf Awareness
"To be blunt, there really isn't a misstep in the entire bunch."--Lit Reactor
A gritty collection of short stories about people with murder on their minds. Why we're reading: Harper's unforgettable characters, who include a jewel thief, a Hollywood fixer, and a man who escapes his own grave."