Originally published in 1973, Paulette Jiles’s first collection amazed audiences with its rare depth of texture and verbal dexterity. Her work moves through landscapes that range from Africa to Mexico to Toronto with the ease of a travelling magician. Her swift, intricate metaphors leave the reader breathless, but her work also manages to be straight, earthy, vernacular, and disturbingly perceptive. .
PAULETTE JILES was born in Salem, Missouri, in 1943 and moved to Toronto in 1969. Her poetry collection Celestial Navigation won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Pat Lowther Award, and the Gerald Lampert Award. Her fiction has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She lives in Utopia, Texas.
PRAISE FOR PAULETTE JILES AND WATERLOO EXPRESS
“Fiercely interior and ironic, with images that can move the reader down.” — Toronto Star
“Surreal and vivid . . . these poems of loneliness and the razor’s edge have a quality that’s unmistakable and consistent.” — Globe and Mail
“[Paulette Jiles] moves through any land, any mood, and is always right there.” — Canadian Reader
PRAISE FOR PAULETTE JILES AND NEWS OF THE WORLD
FINALIST, NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
“This western is not to be missed by Jiles’s fans and lovers of Texan historical fiction.” — Library Journal