“What a delicious pot of trouble Jason Allen has cooked up in this debut novel! He’s a hell of a writer, negotiating deftly the psychological landscape of his characters as they struggle to make the right decisions under pressure. Every page is filled with wise insights about social class and the … Read Reviews about The East End
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It is rare to find a literary talent so perfectly formed the first time out of the gate. This brings us to Jason Allen, whose debut novel is wondrous in every way. By turns, it reminded me of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, Evan Hunter’s LAST SUMMER, and my shelf full of Jason Starr’s wonderful urban and suburban noir thrillers… THE EAST END is a terrific novel with which to begin summer. It visits any number of themes — illicit passions, class differences, social issues — and integrates them into a story that is impossible to stop reading. However, the best part is Allen’s writing, which is literary without getting in its own way. Put this one at the top of your reading stack.
The East End is an outstanding read that grabs you from Page One. Starting from the beginning that looks back at Corey’s break-in at the Hamptons estate to the incredible ending, I enjoyed the complex characters the author has crafted. This novel touches all the points for me. Very timely. When socio economic classes collide in such a turbulent way and the outcomes for all involved is surprising not only to the reader but to the characters themselves. The disparity of the the social classes residing in these mansions whether labourers or residents both have to deal with circumstances and events from their pasts. This book is brilliant. Memorable characters and twists and turns like no other.
A debut novel not to be missed!
Jason Allen writes fiction, poetry, and memoir, and is the author of the novel The East End (Park Row Books/HarperCollins) and the poetry collection A Meditation on Fire (Southeast Missouri State University Press). He has an MFA from Pacific University and a PhD in literature and creative writing … Read More about About Jason