“The Anger Meridian is an impossible-to-put-down book. Kaylie Jones is a master storyteller, and this is her best one yet.” – New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood
"Jones creates a seething portrait of a narcissistic mother in this story of an adult daughter's attempt to reconcile the appearance of her prosperous and successful family with the harsh reality of a life built on a series of lies....Jones keeps the action churning...but perhaps the novel's greatest feat is Bibi, an all-too-real toxic monster of a mother."
Acclaimed author Kaylie Jones returns with her first novel in more than ten years: a thrilling, fast-paced drama centered around three generations of women and the web of lies and deception that surrounds them.
Do not ask him where he’s been. Do not tell him he drinks too much. Do not try to find out about his work. Do not ask him about the money. These are the tenets by which Merryn Huntley has been living her married life for the past ten years, allowing her to sustain a life of semi-peaceful coexistence with her wealthy husband, PGT Beauregard Huntley V. But suddenly Beau turns up dead, killed in a car accident with a young waitress at his side, and Merryn packs up her young daughter and flees to her mother’s house in Mexico, where she must finally come face-to-face with certain truths she has always tried to hide from herself.
Kaylie Jones is the author of six previous works, including the novels Quite the Other Way, Celeste Ascending, Speak Now, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (the inspiration for the Merchant Ivory film of the same name starring Kris Kristofferson) and the memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me. Her work has been praised by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the Washington Times, Self Magazine, Norman Mailer, and Colum McCann, among many others. Jones has been teaching for more than twenty-five years, and is a faculty member in the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program.
In 2014, Kaylie Jones and Akashic Books launched a new imprint, Kaylie Jones Books. Curated by Kaylie Jones, Kaylie Jones Books is a cooperative of dedicated emerging and established writers who play an integral part in the publishing process. Matthew McGevna’s Little Beasts is the latest release from Jones’s imprint.
“Matthew McGevna has given us a great gift. Superb.” —Larry Heinemann, author of the National Book Award winner, Paco’s Story.
Matthew McGevna’s powerful, evocative debut captures the aftermath of a Long Island working-class town shaken to its core by a local teenager’s brutal murder of a young boy. In the midsummer heat of July 1983, eight-year-old friends Dallas, James, and Felix spend their days adventuring around their town together. What none of them can guess is that before summer’s end, one of the boys will lay dead— murdered by a neighborhood teenager in an instance of bullying that takes a horrible turn. Matthew McGevna astounds with his incisive, moving debut novel. Little Beasts is loosely inspired by the 1979 murder of thirteen-year-old John Pius in Suffolk County, for which four teenagers were convicted.
Matthew McGevna was born and raised in Mastic Beach, Long Island. Born of Irish descent, he attended fiction and poetry workshops in Galway, Ireland, through the University of Arkansas Writing Program. He received his MFA in creative writing from Southampton College in 2002. An award-winning poet, McGevna has also published numerous short stories in various publications, including Long Island Noir, Epiphany, and Confrontation. He currently lives in Center Moriches, New York, with his wife and two sons, Jackson and Dempsey. Little Beasts is his first novel.