Seattle writer and book editor (Pharos Editions) Jarret Middleton celebrates the publication of his first full-length work of fiction, the novel Darkansas (Dzanc Books), here this evening. This strong story is set where it sounds like it might be set.
“The devil didn’t go down to Georgia, he went to Arkansas, where the Bayne family struggle against Beelzebub’s grip on their collective fates. Middleton’s ferocious debut has it all–sex, song, sadness, and a history as dark and twisted as the Ozark hollers that fill these pages. Holy hell, what a book.” –Peter Geye.
“A slow burn [. . .] Before you know it you can’t put it down. A barbed meditation on fear, family, and the monstrousness of fate.” –Brian Evenson.
“Gritty, ghostly, poetic ... I’d bet a fifth of the top-shelf stuff it will be considered one of the best debuts of the year.” –Donald Ray Pollock.