book cover of Night Train

Night Train

(2018)
New and Selected Stories
A collection of stories by

 
 
A posthumous and definitive collection of new and selected stories by "virtuoso of the short story" (Esquire) and National Book Award finalist Thom Jones.

This scorching collection from award-winning author Thom Jones features his best new short fiction alongside a selection of outstanding stories from three previous books. Jones's stories are full of high-octane, prose-drunk entertainment. His characters are grifters and drifters, rogues and ne'er-do-wells, would-be do-gooders whose human frailties usually get the better of them.

Some are lovable, others are not, but each has an indelible and irresistible voice. They include Vietnam soldiers, amateur boxers, devoted doctors, strung-out advertising writers, pill poppers and veterans of the psych ward, and an unforgettable adolescent DJ radio host, among others.

The stories here are excursions into a unique world that veers between abject desperation and fleeting transcendence. Perhaps no other writer in recent memory could encapsulate in such short spaces the profound and the devastating, the poignant and the hallucinatory, with such an exquisite balance of darkness and light. Jones's fiction reveals again and again the resilience and grace of characters who refuse to succumb. In stories that can at once delight us with their wicked humor and sting us with their affecting pathos, Night Train perfectly captures the essence of this iconic American master, showcasing in a single collection the breadth of power of his inimitable fiction.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Thom Jones was a master of the short story, a master of the same brand of incandescent, hallucinatory creation of voices that made his contemporary Denis Johnson famous. It is a great gift for all of us to have the best of his work, new and old, here in one place. Night Train will be an amazing discovery for anyone who cares about literature." - Philipp Meyer

"Like Denis Johnson or Barry Hannah, Thom Jones's fiction thrusts you into nerve-racking proximity with the wild, the broken and the sick. His stories are so funny and so sad, and too-little read these days. If you don't know his work, this is a great place to start. If you do, you'll be glad of the chance to tune in to the final transmissions from a unique writer." - Chris Power

"The stories in this collection are sometimes profane, sometimes hilarious, and always brilliant. Thom Jones was an extraordinary writer." - Kevin Powers

"Thom Jones wrote like his hands were on fire. The stories collected in Night Train are radioactive with soul, bleak humor, and savage truth. This book affirms Jones's standing as one of short fiction's timeless masters." - Wells Tower

"Thom Jones is a one of a kind real deal genius. I would scream it from a skyscraper if it would help, I'd sell his books door to door just to let people know, and if I had enough copies I'd break into every motel and hotel I came across and leave a copy. He's one of America's great short story masters." - Willy Vlautin


Similar books by other authors


Used availability for Thom Jones's Night Train

Hardback Editions

October 2018 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Night Train: New and Selected Stories
Author(s): Thom Jones
ISBN: 0-316-44934-2 / 978-0-316-44934-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

October 2019 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: Night Train: New and Selected Stories
Author(s): Thom Jones
ISBN: 0-316-44936-9 / 978-0-316-44936-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2018 : UK Paperback
thumb

Title: Night Train: New and Selected Stories, with an Introduction by Amy Bloom
Author(s): Thom Jones
ISBN: 0-571-34973-0 / 978-0-571-34973-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

November 2018 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Night Train Lib/E: New and Selected Stories
Author(s): Thom Jones
ISBN: 1-5491-4799-4 / 978-1-5491-4799-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2018 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Night Train: New and Selected Stories
Author(s): Thom Jones
ISBN: 1-5491-4802-8 / 978-1-5491-4802-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2018 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: Night Train: New and Selected Stories
Author(s): Thom Jones, Amy Bloom - introduction
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon   


October 2018 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Night Train: New and Selected Stories
Author(s): Thom Jones, Amy Bloom - introduction
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Night Train: New and Selected Stories
Author(s): Thom Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


October 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Night Train: New and Selected Stories, with an Introduction by Amy Bloom
Author(s): Thom Jones
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU