Meteor in the Madhouse by Leon Forrest

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Forrest's long-awaited last work follows the last days of journalist Joubert Jones and his long relationship with his friend and mentor, the idealistic and doomed poet Leonard Foster.
 

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Published April 4, 2001 by Triquarterly. 273 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The woman who raised both men gets her own novella, “Lucasta Jones in Solitude: Lives Left in Her Wake,” which displays both her languid, aesthetic exoticism and her desperate inability to hold love close.

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This rich and wonderful work is Forrest's ''Dubliners,'' because it gives us the moral history of a community, though the form of interrelated novellas is technically more akin to Faulkner's ''Go Down, Moses.'' The tales are held together by the narrator, a playwright named Joubert Jones, who was...

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The inspired comic moments include an extended piece recounting Joubert's escape from a cult group led by Foster in the Holiday Inn, a cab ride with a white amateur boxer and her black girlfriend, and the strange dental practices of his Gram Gussie Jones.

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Austin Chronicle

We then switch to Joubert's days at the Avon, the hotel near the University of Chicago where Joubert moved at the end of Divine Days.

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