“If you like writing that is unpredictable and makes you think, this collection is for you. These short stories have characters with complex, sometimes depressing, but always fascinating lives.” –Latino Stories.com 2013 Top Ten “New” Latino Authors to Watch (and Read)
“Each story in Jaramillo’s collection stands alone, but together they make a powerful combination, with vivid descriptions, realistic characters, and strong emotions that will make readers cry, laugh, cringe and hope.” –Latina Book Club
“The House of Order is an enticing read that shouldn’t be overlooked for those looking for a down to earth short fiction collection.” –Midwest Book Review
“These stories find John Paul Jaramillo hitting his stride as an acute observer and chronicler of hard and valuable lives. The writing conveys great warmth and understanding. This is a career to watch.” — Tracy Daugherty, author of One Day the Wind Changed
“Besides the razor-sharp writing which brings even those characters whom we meet only briefly vividly and memorably to life, what compelled me was my affection and concern for the narrator, who sets out to record the stories of his elders, and through them, to understand the forces that have shaped and directed his own experience. The result is a collection of stories that holds together like a shattered vessel, whose fragments have been gathered and expertly glued. Manito himself, battered by drink and drugs and the abuses of combat, barely holds together sometimes — but even at his lowest and darkest, the impulse remains in him to comfort and assist. It’s this that saves him, and that sets this collection apart — and above, in my opinion — less forgiving depictions of people struggling to take control of their lives.” –Jennifer C. Cornell, author of Departures
about the author:
John Paul Jaramillo grew up in Southern Colorado but now lives, writes and teaches in Springfield, Illinois. He earned his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Oregon State University and, currently, holds the position of Associate Professor of English at Lincoln Land Community College. In 2012 his first collection of composite stories was published by Anaphora Literary Press, and in 2013 the editors of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature listed Jaramillo as one of its 2013 top 10 new Latino authors.
His writing has been featured in the Acentos Review, the Copper Nickel Review as well as in the Antique Children Arts Journal; in Fogged Clarity Arts Journal, InDigest Magazine and Verdad Magazine; Paraphilia Magazine, Sleet Magazine and in Palabra, A Magazine of Chicano and Latino Literary Art and Fast Forward Press’ Flash Fiction Anthology. The House of Order: Stories is currently available at amazon.com and barnes and noble.com.