Allen Morris Jones

Allen Morris Jones Author of an acclaimed novel, Last Year’s River (Houghton Mifflin), a highly influential consideration of the ethics of hunting, A Quiet Place of Violence, and co-editor, with William Kittredge, of The Best of Montana’s Short Fiction, Allen Morris Jones (1970 – ) is also the author of more than one hundred published short stories, articles, essays, and poems. He began his twenty-year career in publishing as Editor of the magazine Big Sky Journal before going on to work as an acquisitions editor for the Lyons Press and as publisher of his own small book house, Bangtail Press. He has appeared on Jim Lehrer’s “PBS NewsHour” as a guest essayist, lectured to the Outdoor Writer’s Association of America, and seen rave reviews of his work appear on the “Today” show and in the LA Times, People magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and many others. He lives in Montana with his wife and young son, and has recently returned to work as editor of Big Sky Journal. His most recent novel, A Bloom of Bones, has received glowing notices from Kirkus Reviews (“Jones rides … into the hard country populated by the best of Western writers,”) Library Journal, (“Jones’s novel seems to have emerged from an older, more elemental world, a mythic, almost biblical place where it’s taken for granted that the sins of the fathers will be visited on the sons,”) and Foreword Magazine (“this is an exquisitely crafted book, and one to be savored,”) among many others.

Last Year’s River

“Allen Jones’s book is full of strengths, not least of which is its furious readability.”
Thomas McGuane

“Allen Jones knows the West by heart.”
William Kittredge

“As clean as wind and water and stone…”
Rick Bass

“The quiet space in which his characters…reside is what carves out a niche for this book that has formerly been occupied only by true literary greats.”
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Last Year's River

A Quiet Place of Violence

A Quiet Place of Violence

“I know of no recent book that explores the hunter’s ethic with more probity, more satisfying anecdote, more visceral wisdom…”
Nick Lyons

“…a rich, complex work that deserves an enduring place on the bookshelf right next to Ortega y Gasset.”
E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.

“…at once a joy to read and an important defense of the hunt.”
Stephen J. Bodio

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