In this new collection of short stories, acclaimed author Paul Theroux explores the tenuous leadership of the elite and the surprising revenge of the overlooked. He shows us humanity possessed, consumed by its own desire and compulsion, always with his carefully honed eye for detail and the subtle idiosyncrasies that bring his characters to life. Searing, dark, and sure to unsettle, Mr. Bones is a stunning new display of Paul Theroux’s “fluent, faintly sinister powers of vision and imagination” (John Updike, The New Yorker).
Praise For Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories…
“Theroux’s work is like no one else’s...A writer sees what he sees, imagines what he imagines. ‘Mr. Bones’ is a series of characteristically dark and sharply focused snapshots from the world that Paul Theroux has observed – and invented.” –Francine Prose, New York Times Book Review
"Beneath the deceptive elegance of these stories, land mines lurk, and Theroux detonates them with gusto." --O Magazine
"A Theroux story can be a mesmerizing reading experience. It is hard to put him down when he is on a roll...Enticing...[Theroux's] far-flung adventures and captivating accounts from many of the world’s most intriguing, least understood outposts add depth and richness to the material here.This collection is another feast, and many readers will enjoy a prolonged chew on 'Mr. Bones.'" --Associated Press
"Deliciously dark." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune
"A sinister short-story collection from an established master." --Shelf Awareness
“Theroux has become a master of the form, with a deep capacity to engage, enchant, and unsettle . . . In the same way he makes exotic locales worth visiting, Theroux inspires you to wonder what you’re overlooking when encountering friends, neighbors, and strangers alike. A versatile, prolific author asserts his preeminence in short fiction with an unassuming brilliance that almost makes you think stories will become popular again.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Rich in the details of exotic places . . . all are highly entertaining . . . This excellent new collection allows readers to sample an array of Theroux’s most entertaining fiction in short story form; highly recommended.” — Library Journal
“Notes of Theroux’s famed travel writing . . . The final product is a hefty, remarkably diverse batch of stories colored by Theroux’s prolific taste for exploration.” — Publishers Weekly
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780544324022, 368pp.
Publication Date: September 30, 2014