Jen Knox writes the healthy fiction equivalent of the detox smoothie you’d get if you poured half a cup of Mary Gaitskill, two tablespoons of Mary Robison, a teaspoonful of Raymond Carver, and some chilly Laura van den Berg into a Tom Waits blender and hit puree. Here are twenty-four darkly fun stories populated by everyman and everywoman genetically predisposed to ‘tough luck but hopeful genes,’ and primed for fight or flight. And yet she has the uncanny ability to make you root for even her most unredeemed characters in all of their stressed out glory. All of them inhabitants of our lonely damaged universe, searching for connection in the daily grind of everyday losses."
—Richard Peabody, editor of Gargoyle Magazine
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“So thoroughly immersive in prose and purpose. Like watching a series of plays on the most intimate of stages. Yet Jen Knox doesn’t rely on the trappings of ‘pretty’ writing. A story is only as good as its characters, and she’s created a vibrant, grounded world full of life and substance. A marvelously effective work—and an author to watch.”
– Matt Joseph Misetich (Partner, Book Pipeline)
"Set in Ohio and told from the point of view of a struggling single mother and her youngest daughter, Resolutions is a beautifully rendered, poignant, and earnest look at the modern American family. Jen Knox illustrates what we are capable of as daughters, sons, mothers, grandchildren, friends, and siblings—the roles we play, what we do to each other, what we owe each other, and how we carry on when we fail spectacularly. At the heart of this book is a fierce, loving voice that shines through in characters so real you ache for them. Knox has written an unforgettable account of a traumatized working-class family and how they continue to survive and love despite perpetual hardship."
– Beth Gilstrap, Author of I Am Barbarella: Stories (2015) and Deadheading & Other Stories (forthcoming from Red Hen Press 2021)
Book tour begins March 2020.
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"The Glass City speaks to the America of now as urgently as Sinclair Lewis or Theodore Dreiser did in their day, but with a touch of magic that only makes the reality beneath that much more haunting."
–Sheila Black, author of Iron, Ardent
"A set of penetrating and absorbing tales."
—Kirkus on The Glass City
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"LOTTERY DAYS" WAS SELECTED BY AMY HEMPEL FOR INCLUSION IN THE BEST SMALL FICTIONS.
Edited by Michelle Richmond. Available at Fiction Attic Press and Amazon.
CHICAGO QUARTERLY REVIEW
Available at Chicago Quarterly Review and Amazon.