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Jimmy James Blood

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Jimmy James Blood recounts the dark story of a rough group of teenagers growing up in a twisted rural logging town.

There are no jobs. There is no sense of safety. But there is a small group of loyal friends, a truck waiting with the engine running, a pair of boots covered in blood and a hot 1911 with a pearl pistol grip…

" eloquent description of today’s desensitized,...more
Paperback, 194 pages
Published August 25th 2011 by Cedar Street Publishing

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Beautiful, passionate, violent, local. This small-press novel offers a glimpse of life and poverty in Shelton, WA. There's a paragraph I want to quote, but the whole book is awesome and inspiring:

"Every night, Colin and I wallked through the neighborhoods along Cota Street. We wanted to know that these houses mattered - that there was a difference between depth and dominance. We watched each light and intersection. We viewed every tourist restaurant and failing business. Outside of Cota Street,...more
Missy Anne can write her ass off. Shelton, Washington's version of Bastard Out of Carolina. A beautiful, restless, troublesome book.
the best novel about working class northwest youth.

Jimmy James Blood by Missy Anne is a self-published first novel from a local Mason County author. The Total Bummer Bookclub called Jimmy James Blood "Shelton, Washington's version of Bastard Out of Carolina" and that's pretty accurate. It is a working class coming of age story that uses the natural landscape of the pacific northwest to explore the theme of poverty and environmental destruction familiar to those of us who grew up in logging/timb...more
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If you enjoy reading mainly easy junk, this book isn't for you. If you're on the lookout for contemporary literature - a gripping story told in a unique, brilliant, disturbing, challenging narrative voice, you gotta read this book.

It's a gripping story of poverty, hopelessness, homelessness. Coming of age feeling worthless and meaningless. Fighting for dignity and survival against insurmountable odds.

Missy Anne is one hell of a writer. Can't wait for her next one.

And I can't help making a remar...more
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I work outdoors in remote locations—often in rough weather. I come home and study hard. Every so often, I have a beer with friends. I write because my life is often quiet. I write because it seems it has always been so. Inside my head, there is a silence that overcomes each moment. Inside, there is a hush that invades every thought.

And I hear a voice—it doesn’t go away.
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