Thursday, October 20, 2016

Love Give Us One Death by Jeff P. Jones

In the end the cover is well worn.
Love Give Us One Death is a mix of fact and fiction. This story of Bonnie and Clyde is an intentionally distorted account of real events. Jeff P. Jones has sprinkled in Bonnie's poetry as well witness retellings- real and imagined.

The story was slow for the first half. It took a long time for me to read because I didn't feel the momentum of the story. It was very dense and the abstract writing made it a little confusing. The timeline of events jumped around. Sometimes the author's prose got in the way of his storytelling. But the second half picked up and I couldn't put it down. It wasn't until this point that I realized the poetic nature of the book.

There's sadness in Love Give Us One Death. It makes the readers wonder what they did it all for as there's no glamour like in the stories told by the newspapers of the time.

Overall it was a good experience. I enjoyed the unique style of fiction.

"The longstanding fears fell away, and though she wasn't ready to be taken, death took her all the same."

 Love Give Us One Death releases October 25th.

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