Jesse Ball

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Jesse Ball

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Jesse Ball (1978-) Born in New York. The author of fourteen books, most recently, the novel How To Set a Fire and Why. His prizewinning works of absurdity have been published to acclaim in many parts of the world and translated into more than a dozen languages. The recipient of the Paris Review's Plimpton Prize, as well as fellowships from the NEA, the Heinz foundation, and others, he is on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Average rating: 3.61 · 15,993 ratings · 2,629 reviews · 26 distinct worksSimilar authors
How to Set a Fire and Why

3.61 avg rating — 3,376 ratings — published 2016 — 12 editions
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A Cure for Suicide

3.48 avg rating — 1,796 ratings — published 2015 — 9 editions
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3.42 avg rating — 2,809 ratings — published 2018 — 23 editions
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Silence Once Begun

3.66 avg rating — 2,091 ratings — published 2014 — 16 editions
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Samedi the Deafness

3.74 avg rating — 1,362 ratings — published 2007 — 8 editions
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The Way Through Doors

3.81 avg rating — 1,221 ratings — published 2009 — 5 editions
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The Curfew

3.74 avg rating — 1,355 ratings — published 2011 — 6 editions
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The Divers' Game

3.52 avg rating — 1,010 ratings — published 2019 — 14 editions
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Notes on My Dunce Cap

4.30 avg rating — 63 ratings
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Vera & Linus

4.21 avg rating — 121 ratings — published 2006 — 2 editions
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“First, he says, you have to go out into the world. This is not a simple matter of going outside one's door. No, that is simply going out. That's what one does when one is on the way to the store to buy a loaf of bread, some cheese, and a bottle of wine. When one goes out into the world, one is shedding preconceptions of past paths and ideas of past paths, and trying to move freely through an unsubstantiated and new geography.”
Jesse Ball, The Way Through Doors

“…There are times when something is asked of us, and we find we must do it. There is no calculation involved, no measure of the necessity of the thing itself, the action that must be performed. There is simply an acknowledgment that we will do the thing in question, and then the thing is done, often at considerable personal cost. "

"What goes into these decisions? What tiny factors, invisible, in the jutting edges of personality and circumstance, contribute to this inevitability?”
Jesse Ball, The Curfew

“I'm an elephant today. I will need to have lots of room and also a bowl of water on the floor.”
Jesse Ball, The Curfew

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