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Jamestown, Alaska by Frank Turner Hollon

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Jamestown, Alaska by Frank Turner Hollon

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Jamestown, Alaska by Frank Turner Hollon

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Jamestown, Alaska is the story of Aaron Jennings, a bestselling novelist bored by his life of suburban monotony and increasingly disturbed by the stories of violence in his newspaper, who wakes one morning to find a small red book on his doorstep. There is no title, no author’s name on the spine: just the words The Survival Manifesto inscribed on the first page, and an invocation to a chosen few to abandon the society of the incompetent, lazy, and immoral and build a new utopia in the wilds of Alaska. Jennings is invited to the commune to write, or rewrite, the history of the imminent worldwide revolution.

Skeptical but insatiably curious, Jennings sets out for Alaska in the company of the seven mysterious members of the Committee, pursued by a sinister figure (his next- door neighbor?) who seems to oppose the Committee’s mission. But the human vices have reached Jamestown first, and the foundation of the commune is already faltering. As Jennings becomes entangled with the secrets of Jamestown, falling out of touch with his family and the life he left behind, he grows increasingly paranoid about what kind of game he’s stumbled into, and whether anything in Jamestown is as it seems.

With spare prose and sharp insight into the fallacies of the human mind, Frank Turner Hollon’s Jamestown, Alaska walks the line between ludicrous and ominous in the style of Karen Russell, Jim Shepard, and Kurt Vonnegut.

Praise for Frank Turner Hollon

The Point of Fracture [is] easily Hollon’s most accomplished, probably his best, novel to date...absolutely astonishing.”

Anniston Star, of The Point of Fracture

“Pack[s] in so much depth...a testament to the author’s ability to spin layers of meaning in deceptively simple prose.”

Baltimore Sun, of The Wait

About Frank Turner Hollon

Frank T. Hollon is the author of The Pains of April, The God File, A Thin Difference, Life is a Strange Place (Barry Munday), The Point of Fracture, Blood & Circumstance, Glitter Girl and the Crazy Cheese, The Wait, Austin and Emily, and The Book of Neil. Two Novels, Life is a Strange Place (Barry Munday) and Blood & Circumstance have been adapted to film. Frank lives and practices law in Alabama.