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DARKANSAS on Library Journal's Top Fall Indie Fiction List

DARKANSAS on Library Journal’s Top Fall Indie Fiction List

Darkansas by Jarret Middleton Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal Middleton, Jarret. Darkansas. Dzanc. Aug. 2018. 216p. ISBN 9781945814297. $26.95. F In this urgently written, dark-lit novel from Pharos editor Middleton, country musician Jordan has been living raggedly on the road, avoiding his family while trying to live up to the reputation of his famed bluegrass musician father, Walker Bayne. When...
OTHERPPL Podcast w/ Brad Listi: A Conversation with Jarret Middleton

OTHERPPL Podcast w/ Brad Listi: A Conversation with Jarret Middleton

OTHERPPL Podcast w/ Brad Listi: A Conversation with Jarret Middleton Episode 490 — Jarret Middleton  
DARKANSAS November Selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club!

DARKANSAS November Selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club!

DARKANSAS November Selection of The Nervous Breakdown Book Club! November:  Darkansas, by Jarret Middleton “Gritty, ghostly, poetic [. . .] I’d bet a fifth of the top-shelf stuff it will be considered one of the best debuts of the year.” –Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Heavenly Table Jordan is a country musician living in the...
"I Have Always Distrusted Realism": Interview with Jarret Middleton at Volume 1 Brooklyn

“I Have Always Distrusted Realism”: Interview with Jarret Middleton at Volume 1 Brooklyn

“I Have Always Distrusted Realism”: An Interview With Jarret Middleton By Tobias Carroll On October 30, 2017 · 0 Comments · In Featured, Interviews, Lit. It begins with a hint of the familiar: Jordan, a hard-living musician, returning to his hometown for his brother’s wedding, awaiting the legacy of familial conflict that awaits him. That’s how Jarret Middleton‘s new novel Darkansas starts, and quickly takes a turn...
Arkansas Times reviews DARKANSAS

Arkansas Times reviews DARKANSAS

Middleton’s ‘Darkansas’ is sinister and mystical  It’s a family tree, darkly. Not too long ago, mentioning the Ozarks meant you’d risk inviting jokes about kissing cousins, bluegrass jamborees or harmless hillbillies with mountain moonshine and happy naivete. Donald Harington and others have been writing about hillbillies for decades, but it was Daniel Woodrell in the...
DARKANSAS Largehearted Boy Playlist

DARKANSAS Largehearted Boy Playlist

Book Notes – Jarret Middleton “Darkansas” In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Jarret Middleton’s novel Darkansasis a compelling and dark debut. Kirkus wrote of the...
DARKANSAS on The JDO Show (podcast)

DARKANSAS on The JDO Show (podcast)

The JDO Show: Episode 78 – Jarret Middleton I loved the hell out of Jarret’s novel Darkansas, so I asked him to come on my podcast. In response, he sent me a list of things we could talk about. Here is that list: “In addition to talking about the book, we could hit on myths, surrealism, philosophy,...
Criminal Element Review of DARKANSAS

Criminal Element Review of DARKANSAS

Review: Darkansas by Jarret Middleton GABINO IGLESIAS Darkansas by Jarret Middleton is a dark, compelling novel of country noir about a family with a secret past and a curse several generations old. Rural or country noir can be one of the most heartfelt and entertaining crime subgenres when done by capable authors such as Daniel Woodrell and David Joy. Now, Jarret...
DARKANSAS a Book Riot Recommended Read for August

DARKANSAS a Book Riot Recommended Read for August

8 Small Press Books To Check Out in August 6. Darkansas by Jarret Middleton (8 August 2017 from Dzanc Books) A novel in the Southern Gothic tradition, Darkansas has been called “gritty, ghostly, [and] poetic” by Donald Ray Pollock, who wrote some pretty gritty stuff himself. The protagonist is a not-so-up-on-his-luck man living in the shadow of his father,...
Murder, Myth, and Metaphor at Powell's Blog

Murder, Myth, and Metaphor at Powell’s Blog

Murder, Myth, and Metaphor by Jarret Middleton, August 3, 2017 9:39 AM Whenever I teach a class or a workshop, I usually try to include a segment on the shapes of stories. Bolaño’s By Night In Chile is a self-referential linear confessional, as is Bernhard’s The Loser. Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H. is a recurrent fever dream that moves the...
DARKANSAS in Publishers Weekly

DARKANSAS in Publishers Weekly

Darkansas Jarret Middleton. Dzanc, $26.95 (216p) ISBN 978-1-945814-29-7 From the get-go, Middleton grabs readers with an eerie dream about a violent death, a portent of things to come in his page-turning debut about a family’s curse. Generations of male Bayne twins are destined to be the catalysts in their fathers’ deaths. Jordan Bayne, a down-on-his-luck...
DARKANSAS a Vol.1 Brooklyn August Recommended Read!

DARKANSAS a Vol.1 Brooklyn August Recommended Read!

Volume 1 Brooklyn’s August Book Preview Darkansas, Jarret Middleton (August 8, Dzanc Books) Finding the right phrase to describe Jarret Middleton’s new novel isn’t easy. It’s a tale of the tensions within a family; it’s the story of that family’s bloody history; and it’s an account of bizarre and uncanny forces heightening existing conflicts and...
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