Light Boxes by Shane Jones

By Shane Jones

Mild containers is set a mysterious city that endures an extended, lethal wintry weather. informed briefly bursts, the tale issues the struggle the townspeople convey opposed to February, an oddly genuine and strong character.

From Publishers Weekly
Jones's short and bewildering struggle delusion pursues the plight of a city scuffling with to loose itself from the brutal carry of the month of February (also occasionally somebody or a strength or basically a metaphor), a meanie that has now not allowed its wintry grip to boost for 1000's of days. while the despairing townspeople, led via valiant Thaddeus Lowe and his spouse and daughter, endure reprisals from February and the monks for attempting to holiday the elements, a gaggle of former balloonists don chook mask and, calling themselves the answer, instigate a uprising. Thaddeus's daughter, Bianca, is abducted, besides different kids, best Thaddeus to plan how you can mislead February: townspeople stroll round pretending it's summer season and safe gentle containers round their heads to simulate the sunlight. February, in the meantime, may possibly easily be feeling unloved by way of his spouse, the lady who smells of honey and smoke and who turns out eerily like Bianca. It's a old fashioned and weird allegory that explores the perils of equivocation, yet it's most likely extra proud of its personal cleverness than readers could be. (June)
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From Booklist
Originally issued in a constrained variation of fewer than 1,000 copies, this specified novel of seasonal affective illness come to existence is now being released by means of a big residence. In spare prose that can virtually be thought of poetry, Jones tells the tale of a city ravaged by way of never-ending wintry weather. good, approximately endless—it’s been February for a number of hundred days instantly. yet February isn’t just a relentless month; it’s additionally the malevolent being preserving the city below its sway. Wracked through melancholy and spurred on while teenagers begin to pass lacking, the townsfolk mount a warfare opposed to February, who additionally seems, good, kind of, to be the writer of the tale, suffering to romance the “girl who smells of honey and smoke.” Jones’ imagery and layers of metaphor and metafiction are alternately tough to penetrate and light-weight as air, like wandering out and in of a fever dream the place the instant issues come into concentration they fritter away back. In that vein, this literary gem of metaphysical malaise has that preferably bizarre mix of offputting sensualism and heartfelt emotion—just this kind of factor to make sure a devoted, if constrained, following. --Ian Chipman --This textual content refers back to the Paperback version.

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Water also ran down their necks from their matted hair, and both boys were shivering and jiggled their knees to keep warm. The long immersion had puckered and bleached their skin, so that in the relatively low light of the nursery their freckles appeared black. Their sister, who sat between them, with left leg balanced on right knee, was, by contrast, perfectly composed, having liberally applied perfume and changed into a green gingham frock to offset her coloring. Her sandals revealed an ankle bracelet and toenails painted vermilion.

Like rearmament and the Abyssinia Question and gardening, it was simply not a subject, and when, after a long Saturday morning wait, Briony heard at last the sound of wheels on the gravel below her bedroom window, and snatched up her pages and ran down the stairs, across the hallway and out into the blinding light of midday, it was not insensitivity so much as a highly focused artistic ambition that caused her to shout to the dazed young visitors huddled together by the trap with their luggage, “I’ve got your parts, all written out.

She could not remain here, she knew she should make plans, but she did nothing. There were various possibilities, all equally unpressing. She had a little money in her account, enough to keep her modestly for a year or so. Leon repeatedly invited her to spend time with him in London. University friends were offering to help her find a job—a dull one certainly, but she would have her independence. She had interesting uncles and aunts on her mother’s side who were always happy to see her, including wild Hermione, mother of Lola and the boys, who even now was over in Paris with a lover who worked in the wireless.

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