Time Will Break the World


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Run Amok Crime
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5.25 X 8.0 X 0.66 inches | 0.74 pounds

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About the Author

Aaron Jacobs is the author of the novel The Abundant Life. Other writing of his has appeared in Tin House, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Main Street Rag, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn and the Catskills with his wife and dog.


Time Will Break the World is a big broken Big Ben of a book, and Aaron Jacobs captures the ticking time bomb at the sore core of forgiving and forgetting, of living and let living. He is a master horologist whose relentless bejeweled prose unwinds and rewinds every arrhythmic ache at the relentlessly syncopated heart of this packed and unpacked wounded wound of a story.

-Michael Martone, author of Plain Air: Sketches from Winesburg, Indiana

"In Time Will Break the World, Aaron Jacobs presents a dynamic, kaleidoscopic portrait of a historic school bus kidnapping of nineteen children and its lasting effects on all the players, victims and perpetrators alike. This is an electric polyvocal novel, expertly told."

-Sara Lippmann, author of LECH and Jerks

"Aaron Jacobs' Time Will Break the World nails that sweet spot between page turner and page gripper. You get swept up in the harrowing story of the Brookwood bus children, their captors, and their community. But the sentences also stun you into not wanting to read on too quickly, so you can say them under your breath, feel the rhythm in your jaw. Even more, this electrifying novel makes you want to do your homework. Sleuth out where the imagined threads divert from the lived ones; bear witness to how Jacobs makes fiction out of the absurd and the hurt of the real world."

-Gene Kwak, author of Go Home, Ricky!

"Aaron Jacobs' Time Will Break the World, inspired by a true story, will draw readers into a tense, well-written page turner. Break out the candles, you'll be up all night!"

-Rodman Philbrick, author of Freak, the Mighty

"Aaron Jacobs writes like he's playing the guitar. He knows the skill is building melody around the hook. The set up is clear early in Time Will Break the World and Jacobs deftly weaves multiple characters and decades-apart settings around that central point. 1984 is brought vividly back from the present day but this is no nostalgia trip. This is a compelling, often disturbing story about young lives interrupted and never truly restarted, and how memory can be chosen or imposed, the bemusement of being both a child and an adult who has forgotten they ever were, let alone that ten-year-old victim of a life-defining trauma."

-Tom McCulloch, author of The Accidental Recluse

"...100% worth revisiting...from the bumbling kidnappers down to the children whose lives were inevitably altered by such a crazy and harrowing experience."

-N. Frank Daniels, author of Futureproof