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Minnows: A Shattered Novel: 55 (Journal of Experimental Fiction) [Paperback]

Jønathan Lyons

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8 Aug 2013 Journal of Experimental Fiction
In life, some events can injure, physically or psychologically; others can shatter. In Minnows, a child and his younger brother get out of school for the summer only to have their world come crashing down around them, shards raining across the text.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: JEF Books (8 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884097553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884097553
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm

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Jønathan Lyons lives and writes in Central Pennsylvania. He teaches writing and literature at Bucknell University. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Experimental Fiction, Hotel Amerika, Exquisite Corpse, and elsewhere. He received an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2005. The process that yielded this novel involved cutting up and rearranging blocks and columns of text, hanging those on walls throughout the basement, and then striving to bring this exploded narrative into a coherent whole.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, heartbreaking 11 Sep 2014
By J. Kaalberg-Freers - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was one of my first ventures into reading experimental fiction, and I have to say that the structure of the novel seemed perfectly suited to the story. I felt like it mirrored the experience of going through, remembering and then finally acknowledging the details of a difficult situation. The story became more and more heartbreaking as additional layers of details were revealed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike anything you have or will read 26 April 2014
By Clownremover - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is exciting. It has a Momento-ish quality (if you've ever seen the movie), where memory has a dreamlike fluidity, and where in the making of memories, the omission and inclusion of events is actually secondary to the emotional landscape being constructed. The structure of the prose is poetic, as a matter of fact the whole book reads like a prose poem. It is a challenging read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Challenging Read 3 July 2014
By Daniel E. Layne - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an experimental novel which takes risks in literary presentation. It was difficult for me to read originally as each page features multiple streams of text. At the bottom of each page is additional text at a very small font size. Initially I found this distracting and eventual resolved it by hiding the bottom of the page with a held blank piece of paper as I read. The main story text has lots of repeating sections which I also found annoying. I found myself beginning to skim through the content to search for new ideas and that altered the reading experience. I would rather read this story in a collection of works by the author in a more standard format than in its experimental form. My complaints are with the technical delivery. I really enjoyed the dramatic aspect of the text and wish that there was more content to the presentation. Upon reading the whole, it did seem complete and conclusive. I would have rather read to discover more about the characters situation than to have to hunt through the text for additional narrative. The characters are believable and I came away wanting to more about their human situations.
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