"Every word of this short novel is relevant. Brilliant, actually."
"This is Jones’s fourth novel (his prior three novels were all New York Times Notable Books), and his sentences and language shine. Radiance is entertaining, profoundly meditative, and quietly moving. Jones is an astute chronicler of the intimate and the interior, keenly recording delicate shifts in feeling and tone. And Radiance manages to come together in a wistful ending that somehow reads as both solid and porous, sustaining this reader with a satisfaction and calm born of uncertainty."
—Victoria Patterson in Three Guys One Book
"Jones manages to draw bold discussions of big questions -- life, death, time, space, and what the universe is made of -- from seemingly superficial events."
-- The New York Times
"In Louis B. Jones, as in no other writer working today, a sense of moral outrage, that rare thing, is yoked, oddly and with extraordinary power, to a thrilling gift for lyrical prose."
—Michael Chabon, author of Kavalier and Clay
"With all due respect to Allen Ginsberg, California's Over is substantial proof that Louis B. Jones is one of the best minds of our generation."
— Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club
The people are so human and written with so original a cunning that they are virtually worlds in themselves.
— Richard Eder
Louis B. Jones is a skillful satirist, who sees all, knows all, but who is never cruel.
One experiences the characters with shifting feelings of tenderness and exasperation, hope and despair. Hilarious ... gracefully written...[Jones] has created a quirky but wholly real work in which to examine themes of fate and coincidence in a seemingly effortless manner."
— Chicago Tribune
"A lovely and invigorating novel...a domestic farce and social satire. Jones writes [an] engaging novelistic equivalent of a unified field theory -- in this case, a link between the human heart and the behavior of subatomic particles."
— Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
"Jones is the real thing -- a writer with something to say and his own way of saying it."
— Scott Turow
"What a smart novel "Particle and Luck" is. How good of Louis B. Jones to remind us what a beautiful land -- a terra linda -- we live in, and to remind us of the beautiful universe beyond."
— Carolyn See, New York Times Book Review
"Mr. Jones has fulfilled the promise of his unusual first novel, "Ordinary Money," about the real and the false in contemporary American culture, as experienced by a man who lays his hands on a fortune in counterfeit money so real that it can't be differentiated from the genuine. And he has pointed the way for more good things to come."
— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York Times
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Jones has a jeweler's eye for lyric conjunctions of the ordinary and the grotesque, and he puts it to good use in this moving, funny, and disturbing meditation on the counterfeit and the real in American life. — Robert Hass, U.S. Poet Laureate
Smart, funny, uplifting, tender, and merciless, all at once … a remarkable achievement for one novel.
— Los Angeles Times
An uproariously satirical book, the product of an opulent imagination.
— Sunday New York Times
It is not just heartening, but surprising as well, to find so generous and original a first novel. Wise and accomplished and funny, Ordinary Money presents a vision of the interconnectedness of ordinary things.
— Howard Mittelmark, Philadelphia Enquirer
Wonderful … an unfailingly entertaining experience."
— Christopher Lehmann-Haup, New York Times
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