In Still Rooms


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Operating System Kin(d)* Texts and Projects
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5.5 X 8.25 X 0.36 inches | 0.43 pounds
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About the Author

Constantine Jones is a Greek-American thingmaker raised in Tennessee & currently housed in Brooklyn. They are a member of the Visual AIDS Artist+ Registry & teach creative writing at The City College of New York, where they earned an MFA. They also volunteer in the LGBT Center Archives, where they conduct research on queer Greek-American histories as they intersect with HIV. Their work has been performed or exhibited at various venues across NYC.


"Constantine Jones is a prophet for our times. Their writing contains truths, ghosts, gods, love, the unknown, the past, the present, and the future. "But it's alright every now and again," the narrator says, which is a constant theme throughout the book, showcasing that life is neither one thing or the other, but gradient of everything. How do the characters react? This book is a case study in humans and how they act in all times, with grief and love and loss. Families, family identity in America, and how families function and dysfunction is such a crucial part of our everyday lives, and for the lives of Greek Americans and Greek American immigrants. This is a wonderful look into that world, both familial and religious, and examines the roles all family members fall into, and perhaps, out of, fluidly and not so fluidly."--Joanna C. Valente, author of Marys of the Sea and editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault

"Misted by the East Tennessee mountains, the house at the center of In Still Rooms echoes with the fading words of a family's Greek heritage and the unsteady steps of two siblings trying to edge out into the world. Bereft of their Greek-American matriarch, Eleni and her twin brother Evan must put their own specters to bed and venture into their own possibilities. Their house becomes an intimate amphitheater of memory and discovery. Written in lovingly evocative and poetic prose, and animated by a sharp-edged chorus of Southern ghosts as well as the ultimate voice of the house itself, Constantine Jones's beautiful debut novel gives us a story infused with the power of mythic places past and present, ancient and American."--David Groff, author of Clay and Theory of Devolution