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Innocence

A Novel

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March 11, 2014 | Paperback | 5.5 X 8.25, 160 Pages | ISBN 9781619020665
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"A characteristically quirky fourth novel from Jones.... Body and soul get equal consideration in a novel that confounds expectations of what will be revealed and concealed; perverse, perhaps, but undeniably piquant." —Kirkus

Set in Marin County, Innocence follows John Gegenuber, a former Episcopal priest who has given up his parish and his vocation to pursue a career selling real estate. For John, it isn’t such a radical change. As a scholarly bachelor who takes a lofty, philosophical view on things, he likes to think the business of getting people into houses is, in its way, as pastoral and consequential as the priesthood.

John was born with a cleft palate, and he has lived all his life behind the minor disfigurement of a “hare lip.” Now, having recently undergone corrective cosmetic surgery, John has been invited to go on a romantic trip to a secluded country estate with Thalia, a young woman who herself has undergone the very same surgery. For these two peculiar, intelligent, shy people, both of whom have always felt unqualified for love, this is a weekend that promises happy beginnings.

However, John must adjust his expectations for their transformative weekend together when Thalia brings along seven of her special-needs clients—it is an improbable weekend, partly absurd, partly harrowing.

About Louis B. Jones

LOUIS B. JONES is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Ordinary MoneyParticles and LuckCalifornia’s Over and most recently, Radiance. He lives in Nevada City, California.

Praise

“Tender, funny, and sometimes grotesque, this novel is both challenging and eminently readable.” —Publishers Weekly

“Confronting issues of identity, compassion, desire, and redemption, Jones’ sublimely contemplative novel vibrates with a subtle current of menace and foreboding.”—Booklist

“A characteristically quirky fourth novel from Jones…. Body and soul get equal consideration in a novel that confounds expectations of what will be revealed and concealed; perverse, perhaps, but undeniably piquant.” —Kirkus

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