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Ways of Leaving

Grant Jarrett
"The true wizardry of The Half-Life of Remorse is how the random intersection of two homeless men evolves into a story of irresistible forward motion, stunning revelations, deepest human complexities and highest consequences. Underwriting this feat is Jarrett's ability to inhabit his fated characters absolutely, conjuring their voices, their minds, their wounds, their guilt, their haunted and mingled histories, with such spooky fidelity that you feel you are each one of them, and all of them, all at once. Original, gorgeous, exciting and deeply moving, The Half-Life of Remorse put my heart through all the paces."
?Tim Johnston, author of New York Times bestseller Descent
Grant Jarrett
A standout novel about going home, where old girlfriends, awkward funerals, deeply buried parental secrets and naked, drunken, nocturnal escapades irritate a man like scabs of his squandered youth and misspent adulthood. . . . ruthlessly brilliant writing brings grace to a story smoldering in pain.
Grant Jarrett
Chase Stoller is a beautifully mangled all-American mess. Jarrett’s ability to paint a picture of the tedium of small town America, and then to drop a character into this (Hannah) that’s right out of a Wyeth painting, well that sealed the deal for me. With pitch perfect dialogue and writing that felt like a perfect Indian summer day, "Ways Of Leaving" was that rare book that when I read the last word on the last page…I went back to page 1 and read it all over again.
Grant Jarrett
It’s official: Grant Jarrett has created the most entertaining, existential anti-hero since Tony Soprano. Whether you’re laughing out loud or wincing in recognition, "Ways of Leaving" will impress you with its raw honesty, keen writing, and ultimately, its big heart.
Grant Jarrett
Grant Jarrett's vividly-drawn characters, dark humor and empathetic voice build bridges that transport the reader through this inter-generational story of parents and siblings in which the desire for salvation is challenged by the equally powerful impulse for destruction. "Ways of Leaving" depicts a seemingly familiar world that becomes freshly discovered and understood in Jarrett's intricate telling.
Grant Jarrett
Jarrett's "Ways.." reminds me of Joseph Heller's work; dark, humorously demented, truthful; with unavoidable wit and insight.
Grant Jarrett
[Ways of Leaving] is a tour de force by a highly skilled author who has had the integrity and skill to examine the human condition for what it is and yet still rejoice about it.
Grant Jarrett
A first-rate, deeply insightful, moving and painfully honest examination of human life which is also excruciatingly funny...
Grant Jarrett
It is the final scene that will literally take your breath away.
Grant Jarrett
... an outstanding and devastating new novel ...
Grant Jarrett
... as heartbreaking as anything you will read in a novel this year.
Grant Jarrett
... a master class of fiction writing ...
Grant Jarrett
"Acts of searing violence transform vulnerable lives in Grant Jarrett’s The Half-Life of Remorse. Through the anguished accounts of survivors who nearly died in that night of violence, and the delusions of one of the survivors who imagines himself capable of magic, Jarrett creates echoes of The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale. This resonant novel traces the lingering effects of trauma and exposes the greatest challenge for its primary characters: self-forgiveness."

More Towels: In the Notes

Grant Jarrett
Hilarious and entertaining. I enjoyed it immensely.
Grant Jarrett
Well written and very engaging.
Grant Jarrett
It will be a fabulous book.