Light Boxes: A Novel

Paperback | May 25, 2010

byShane Jones

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A poignant and fantastical first novel by a timeless new literary voice.

With all the elements of a classic fable, vivid descriptions, and a wholly unique style, this idiosyncratic debut introduces a new and exciting voice to readers of such authors as George Saunders, Kurt Vonnegut, and Yann Martel.

In Light Boxes, the inhabitants of one closely-knit town are experiencing perpetual February. It turns out that a god-like spirit who lives in the sky, named February, is punishing the town for flying, and bans flight of all kind, including hot air balloons and even children's kites. It's February who makes the sun nothing but a faint memory, who blankets the ground with snow, who freezes the rivers and the lakes. As endless February continues, children go missing and more and more adults become nearly catatonic with depression. But others find the strength to fight back, waging war on February.

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A poignant and fantastical first novel by a timeless new literary voice. With all the elements of a classic fable, vivid descriptions, and a wholly unique style, this idiosyncratic debut introduces a new and exciting voice to readers of such authors as George Saunders, Kurt Vonnegut, and Yann Martel. In Light Boxes, the inhabitants ...

Shane Jones was born in February of 1980. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals, including New York Tyrant, Unsaid, Typo, and Pindeldyboz. He lives in upstate New York. This is his first novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.4 inPublished:May 25, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143117785

ISBN - 13:9780143117780

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I would probably like this book more if it weren't so very reminiscent of the (vastly) superior The People of Paper by Salvador Plascencia.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and heavy at the same time What caught my eye was the book's striking hand-drawn like cover of men with top hats, capes and oh, coloured masks of birds with beaks. The blurb kept my eye on the book - a twisted tale about a town rallying against perpetual February, a god-like spirit who brings about cold and darkness. The novel is written in paragraphs which if you pay attention to, are designed in a certain way with the use of various font faces and sizes; characters' point-of-views, story-driven words, lists/reports/notes that are part of the story. It is short but packs punches in emoting the characters' thoughts and feelings in plain words. The somberness of the plot and the deftness in Jones' writing creates quite the novel, perhaps best read in February.
Date published: 2010-08-17

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"Resplendent, and somehow nearly edible, Shane Jones has written the kind of novel that makes you reconsider the word perfect." -Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances "At last, a book that cries out to our inner balloonists. Shane Jones has built a fable that is fresh and surprising, but also familiar in the way that the oldest stories are familiar." -Jedediah Berry, author of The Manual of Detection "Reading this book makes you realize what our American literature has been missing. Wholly original, tremendously imaginative, written with the deftest hand, Light Boxes makes sense of modern life in the way only dreams can." -Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned "[T]his literary gem of metaphysical malaise has that ideally weird blend of offputting sensualism and heartfelt emotion-just the sort of thing to ensure a dedicated, if limited, following." -Booklist