From the Book Jacket:
Particles and Luck is the story of one night, two men, and an invisible third force that had brought these two men together. Mark Perdue and Roger Hoberman have nothing in common — except the joy of adjoining yards. Mark is a whiz-kid physicist who knows that the “genius” stature and the endowed chair at Berkeley that have been accorded him are bits of dumb luck. Roger is the owner of a pizza franchise whose luck has turned dumb — in financial and marital distress, he has been denied child-visitation rights but not babysitting obligations.
Roger and Mark have just been notified of a claim of adverse possession on their property, effective the next day. Particles and Luck is the story of the Halloween night they spend together trying to imagine how this threat will materialize. Camped out amidst pieces of Roger’s Naugahyde furniture, warmed by a pile of Kingsford briquettes, marking boundary lines with Oakland Raiders pennants — this will be a night unlike any other night in contemporary fiction. Loony, humane, and transcendently wise, Particles and Luck is an irresistible comedy of manners and epistemology.
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