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: 3.65 · 11,162 ratings · 1,913 reviews · 20 distinct worksSimilar authors
How to Set a Fire and Why

3.61 avg rating — 2,547 ratings — published 2016 — 10 editions
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Silence Once Begun

3.65 avg rating — 1,886 ratings — published 2014 — 14 editions
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Samedi the Deafness

3.73 avg rating — 1,249 ratings — published 2007 — 8 editions
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A Cure for Suicide

3.44 avg rating — 1,465 ratings — published 2015 — 8 editions
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The Way Through Doors

3.82 avg rating — 1,117 ratings — published 2009 — 5 editions
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The Curfew

3.71 avg rating — 1,201 ratings — published 2011 — 7 editions
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3.48 avg rating — 1,118 ratings — published 2018 — 11 editions
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Vera & Linus

4.19 avg rating — 113 ratings — published 2006 — 2 editions
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March Book

3.98 avg rating — 104 ratings — published 2004 — 3 editions
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The Village on Horseback: P...

4.14 avg rating — 78 ratings — published 2011 — 4 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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