A small boy flees a toxic family – all the way across the alley to Rip’s Bar and to a vivid troupe of broken people in the Albuquerque Bosque. They hide him from his car-thief drunkard father, his cocaine-freak mother, and his ganged-up abusive brother.
The boy trades family for a hodgepodge of drinkers and losers. But it’s bad timing. A new bridge proposed across the Rio Grande will wreck the neighborhood. The barflies share responsibility for the child while their Bosque crumbles. They collect misery like small change and rally to keep their ghetto alive.
Jones’ rich crisp prose reads like poetry, telling a story ripped from the headlines with heartbreaking clarity and razor sharp detail. The cast of misfits, thugs, lost souls and do-gooders left me with important questions about the value of neighbors and neighborhoods. The best book I’ve read in a long time. – Anne Hillerman, author of Rock with Wings
“a rising tide of people swept away” is a gritty, smart, deftly plotted novel full of lively and unforgettable characters, and Jones’s Albuquerque is as alive on the page as the Northeastern towns of Russell Banks. Read this book.” – Tom Barbash, author of Stay Up With Me
Read a sample chapter here.