The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage


Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Counterpoint LLC
Publish Date
August 07, 2018
5.5 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

JARED YATES SEXTON's political writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, Salon, and elsewhere. He is the author of three collections of fiction and a crime novel. Currently he serves as an associate professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University. You can follow him at @JYSexton.


Praise for The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore

Named a Best Book of 2017 (The Coil)
A Best Book by Hoosier Authors in 2017 (Indianapolis Monthly)

"An impressionistic and often disturbing account of the 2016 presidential race . . . Sexton grapples with the Trump campaign from the perspective of the crowds reveling in the candidate's presence and message. It is a useful vantage point given the increasingly blatant bigotry in the months since the election . . . This book reveals the incremental nature of public displays of hatred, growing from harsh chants and bumper stickers to, say, an open and unmasked gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville . . . [His] dispatches are bracing." --The Washington Post

"With a novelist's flair for the dramatic scene and evocative detail, Sexton expertly marries the quotidian tedium of the campaign trail (so many hotel room beers) and the outlandish circumstances of this particular election season with his astute observations about our polarized national condition." --Salon

"Jared Yates Sexton, previously a minor-league pundit, is now making an outsider's case for having penned one of the important books of the 2016 presidential race. The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore gets outside the iron ring of microphones that surround, suffocate, and trivialize campaign journalism." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"First of all, this is the best book title of 2017, hands down. Second, and more importantly, this is the book to read if you want to understand what the hell happened in the United States in 2016. If you follow Sexton on Twitter (and you should), you know he brings a sharp eye, fierce intellect, and resilient capacity for surprise to the problem of American political life. And that's just 140 characters at a time. Just imagine what he can do with 300+ pages." --Bookriot

"The People Are Going to Rise is a comprehensive chronicle of the 2016 campaign from the margins . . . Even with the fresh-hell fatigue of following the resulting administration, and with that campaign still in recent memory, revisiting it with Sexton lets you see the horror anew, with a deeper sense of its consequences. And as the water level rises higher on the shore, Sexton continues to be a dutiful correspondent." --Black Warrior Review

"A ground-level account, sticking close to Sexton and his increasing miseries as he wades into the festering sewer of the 2016 election. The unique perspective, eye-deep in hell, is equal parts mortifying and edifying. Sexton measures the depths of depravity as he goes, but reminds us that these depths have always existed in the nation." --The Coil

"The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore encapsulates what this election was and what it meant to be watching. It shows us how low our society is still capable of going and how a large portion is fighting back. This book is important for us now, but it will be imperative for the generations of the future." --The Big Smoke

"Sexton writes as a reporter who experienced both life and politics in the 2016 campaign. His book is excellent . . . [It] tries to make sense of a country trying to make sense of itself." --Winnipeg Free Press

"Sexton's first-person account is both candidly relatable and viscerally frightening . . . [His] seamless blending of his reporter's objectivity with the personal evaluations of a voter who has skin in the game yields trenchant analysis . . . Sexton's is a critical and important voice in helping readers understand the cultural and political sea change the election created." --Booklist (starred review)

"A leftist counterweight to Hillbilly Elegy, laced with shots of Hunter S. Thompson . . . A useful snapshot of a tumultuous presidential race." --Kirkus Reviews

"Sexton's reporting provides a unique nuts-and-bolts look at the campaigns, and his eyewitness reports of the aggressive displays at Trump rallies are both terrifying and fascinating." --Publishers Weekly

"This is the post-campaign book I was waiting for. Nothing else has shown me so clearly the ruptures in our culture aligned with Trump's candidacy, or even the nature of the way we choose a president. Essential reading for understanding this country now and going forward." --Alexander Chee, author of The Queen of the Night

"Jared Yates Sexton didn't just randomly become a phenomenon in his chronicling of Donald Trump's fans and foibles, it happened because he's our Jane Goodall to Trump's Deplorables. His work has been indispensable to those who have tried to understand our times, with an honesty lacking among most of our mainstream media. Read this book." --Cliff Schecter, bestselling author of The Real McCain: Why Conservatives Don't Trust Him--And Why Independents Shouldn't and a columnist for The Daily Beast

"Jared Yates Sexton ventured into the dark heart of American partisanship and emerged with a warning that all of us would do well to heed. Thoughtful, compassionate, and exceptionally brave, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how--and why--our country turned on itself." --Bronwen Dickey, author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon

Praise for Jared Yates Sexton

"I'm going to have to read it again and put it on the shelf where it belongs: between my copy of Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son and Raymond Carver's Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? Sexton's males aren't into chaos quite as much as Johnson's famous Fuckhead, but they're still pretty fucked up themselves. They could've all hung out at the same bar, for sure. Likewise, Sexton's couples would've found home sweet home with the Carver couples as they drank just as much, and might have been even more dysfunctional. What I am sure of, is they were all from the hands of a great writer." --Al Kratz, The Spark

"From Hannah's Airships-style stars on the cover to the Carhartt jacket Sexton's rocking on the back-cover, this one nails the drawl, sets the stage equal-parts Southern and Midwestern, rushes the tempo, beefs up the characters, and lets them loose. These stories work as a unit, and Sexton is to thank. This collection is built Ford tough. It's Rocky Mountain cold. Book clocks in somewhere between Brown's Big Bad Love and Altman's film-adaptation of Carver's Short Cuts. Gauge reads true-blue." --Austin Hayden, Entropy Mag

"[T]his violent, darkly funny novel from the pseudonymous obvious nods to the works of Cormac McCarthy and the Coen brothers in an over-the-top tale whose infectious energy will prove irresistible to devotees of modern noir." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Jared Yates Sexton's latest collection is a book of revelations. Terrifying and tender, hilarious and insane: I Am The Oil of The Engine of The World is a must-read-before-the-world-ends. Read it as the world ends. Read it again after it ends. I will." --Ryan Ridge, author of American Homes

"Here he is, the successor to Jim Harrison, William Gay, Richard Ford, Jared Yates Sexton is a raw talent, the kind of writer that you need to tell your friends about, the kind of writer you envy and will follow to the ends of the earth. The Hook and The Haymaker is explosive, slicing through us like a literary scythe. His characters traipse through darkness with only the faintest hope of light on the other side, and Sexton leads them - and us - through it all with deft precision. This blisteringly smart collection is destined to be an instant classic, and I hope others will rejoice in saying so too." --Robert James Russell, author of Don't Ask Me To Spell It Out and Sea of Trees

"Jared Yates Sexton lays down a strong confident hand in The Hook and The Haymaker. He is a writer most excellent at details, both huge and tiny--the monstrous wildfires and infinitesimal sparks that warm a life, a relationship, a heart. These stories are sturdy and meaty with smoky ribbons--a substantial collection on which to feast and fill. Delicious." --Leesa Cross-Smith, author of Every Kiss A War

"Jared Yates Sexton's short story collection, The Hook and The Haymaker is a solid example of blue collar/working class, down-and out, winter of our discontent writing. Detailed and character driven, Sexton's stories explore relationships--the good, the bad, and the complicated--and the longing for something different and exciting in life. This 24 story full length collection delivers on many fronts and leaves little to be questioned." --Julie Demoff-Larson, Blotterature

"With their latest offering, New Pulp Press once again proves themselves to be one of the best crime fiction publishers around--violent, visceral, poignant, touching, funny, and gripping, Bring Me The Head of Yorkie Goodman is highly recommended." --Paul D. Brazill, author of Cold London Blues

"The characters in Jared Yates Sexton's stories are desperate. They are obsessed. They speak a language that is part barfight, part howl, part brokenhearted country song playing on a skipping vinyl loop. These are stories you want to listen to as much as read, full of fierce and searing and melancholy truths." --Chad Simpson, author of Tell Everyone I Said Hi

"The stories in Jared Yates Sexton's An End to All Things are, indeed, about ends--of relationships, of dreams, of innocence--but they also speak eloquently to the means of these ends. Laced through with booze and betrayal, and populated by halfwitted quickwits and good eggs with bad karma, Sexton's stories get under your skin, split your ribs, and worm their way heartward." --Tom Noyes, author of Spooky Action at a Distance