Meet member and FAPA Silver medalist Scott Archer Jones
Scott Archer Jones
Scott Archer Jones is currently working on his next novel and first novella in northern New Mexico, after stints in the Netherlands, Scotland, and Norway plus less exotic locations.
He’s worked for a power company, grocers, a lumberyard, an energy company (for a very long time), and a winery
Scott published Jupiter and Gilgamesh, a Novel of Sumeria and Texas in 2014. He followed this with The Big Wheel in 2015 and a rising tide of people swept away in March 2016. This book won a 2016 FAPA Silver medal for General fiction.
His next book, Throw Away The Skins, is in production.
a rising tide of people swept away
A small boy flees a toxic family - all the way across the alley to Rip’s Bar and to a vivid troupe of broken people in the Albuquerque Bosque. They hide him from his car-thief drunkard father, his cocaine-freak mother, and his ganged-up abusive brother.
The boy trades family for a hodgepodge of drinkers and losers. But it’s bad timing. A new bridge proposed across the Rio Grande will wreck the neighborhood. The barflies share responsibility for the child while their Bosque crumbles. They collect misery like small change and rally to keep their ghetto alive. Can the working poor beat City Hall and keep the kid out of the system?
Jones’ rich crisp prose reads like poetry, telling a story ripped from the headlines with heartbreaking clarity and razor sharp detail. The cast of misfits, thugs, lost souls and do-gooders left me with important questions about the value of neighbors and neighborhoods. The best book I’ve read in a long time.
– Anne Hillerman, author of Rock with Wings
“a rising tide of people swept away” is a gritty, smart, deftly plotted novel full of lively and unforgettable characters, and Jones’s Albuquerque is as alive on the page as the Northeastern towns of Russell Banks. Read this book.”
– Tom Barbash, author of Stay Up With Me