Cold Snap by Thom Jones

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It is rare for the short story as a form to accommodate so much pure dialog.... Mr. Jones immerses us in his characters' obsessions then draws back with disconcerting swiftness to suggest that all along we've been witnessing human folly through a telescopic lens.

About Thom Jones

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Thom Jones's first story was published in The New Yorker in 1991. Additional stories were accepted by Harper's, Esquire, and Mirabella magazines, among others, in the six months that followed. Jones's experiences as a boxer, and the resultant epilepsy from injuries received in the ring, form the background for several of the stories in his first collection, The Pugilist at Rest (1993), which was nominated for a National Book Award. The title story of this anthology won the O. Henry Award in 1993, and was included in Best American Short Stories, 1992. He followed with a second collection Cold Snap: Stories (1995). Jones's stories of boxing, the Vietnam War, and a boy's conflict's with his stepfather, among others, display a raw masculinity reminiscent of Ernest Hemingway.
Published June 1, 1995 by Little Brown & Co (T). 228 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The gym rats, disgruntled marines, and aging pickpockets who people Jones's stories are all desperate for moments of solace, if not a glimmer of transcendence.

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Offering 10 stories reprinted from magazines like the New Yorker and Playboy, Jones's second collection of short fiction displays the gritty, fatalistic vision and narrative adrenaline that distinguis

May 29 1995 | Read Full Review of Cold Snap: Stories

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Jones's most vivid heroes--star-crossed doctors and loners, battling manic episodes and self-destructive behavior--decamp to Africa to escape dismal lives at home or return home from Africa in antisocial states.

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The prospect of death, whether in Africa or Vietnam or back home in Seattle or Los Angeles, fills them with a curious dread, intensifying life like a powerfully addictive drug.

Sep 25 1995 | Read Full Review of Cold Snap: Stories

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No single story disappointed me completely, but neither did any deliver with the same force as the best stories in Pugilist, and most of the stories here offered only echoes of Jones’s earlier work.

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