The East End (Original)

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6.2 X 9.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Jason Allen grew up working-class in the Hamptons, where he worked a variety of jobs for wealthy estate owners. He writes fiction, poetry, and memoir, and is the author of the poetry collection A MEDITATION ON FIRE. He has an MFA from Pacific University and a PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches writing. THE EAST END is his first novel.


"What a delicious pot of trouble Jason Allen has cooked up in this debut novel! He's a hell of a writer, negotiating deftly the psychological landscape of his of characters as they struggle to make the right decisions under pressure. Every page is filled with wise insights about social class and the human heart." -Bonnie Jo Campbell, National Book Award finalist and author of Mothers Tell Your Daughters

"An intense, heart-pounding experience from the first page, with brilliant, complex characters more real than people I actually know. I challenge you to put this novel down once you start reading."- Simon Van Booy, award winning author of The Sadness of Beautiful Things

"Allen has created a fascinating, kinetic, and insightful look at America's unspoken caste system of class, where great wealth and poverty both come with deep emotional roots. Characters bound by family, defined by place, and divided by great fortune converge in The East End with all the friction of envy and deep longing. I was constantly surprised by the psychological depth of each character and how quickly my sympathies widened to take them all in."
- Devin Murphy, National Bestselling author of The Boat Runner and Tiny Americans

"The East End, Jason Allen's debut literary thriller, is equal parts heart and suspense. Both daring and forceful, the language not only advances the narrative, but propels it forward, every sentence as compelling as the hire-wire dazzle of its plot line. But what sets this novel apart is Allen's compassionate and psychologically complex characters. The book's craft and intrigue cannot help but enlist for him a wide and grateful readership."
- Jack Driscoll, author of The Goat Fish and The Lover's Knot

"Jason Allen's The East End is a razor focused and suspenseful race through one fateful weekend in the Hamptons. With taut prose and an eye for the up-close-and-personal, Allen deftly navigates the jagged chasms between the Haves and the Have-nots, revealing the very things that often bridge those distances-the hard and often tragic choices people make when they are lonely and longing."
- Nicholas Mainieri, author of The Infinite

"Allen is masterful in creating believable, original characters-rich and blue collar. Each is compelling in their own way. Allen's plot twists are deft and amazing. With Corey Halpern, he gives the readers a perfect blue-collar antihero for the Twenty-First century." - Craig Lesley, author of Winterkill and Burning Fence