CONDUITS (THE BALLAD OF JINX JENKINS) A BOOK FOR GROWN-UPS
Title: Conduits (The Ballad of Jinx Jenkins) A book for grown-ups
Author: J. Ryan Sommers
Genre: Magical Realism/ Fiction
Length: 206 Pages (Paperback)
It exists in a long-forgotten corner of the American dream.
Green Valley County is home to murders and heroes, ghosts and jinxes, gods, devils, and even a pygmy Big Foot.
But the biggest menace is Jinx Jenkins and the string of bad luck he bestows upon the townsfolk.
Can the good people of Green Valley overcome this one man’s curse?
If you love the classic comic and magical realism, you’ll lose yourself in this piece of Americana.
Become a citizen of the City by the Shore and see how seemingly random occurrences come to shape an entire civilization.
🌬️”Everyone’s got something to prove. No one knows who they are proving it too.”
This is a novel set in a place or a county precisely, named Green Valley. It is a location that we all have visited if not in reality then maybe in our imaginations. Green Valley has a man called Jinx Jenkins, who has the mastery to inflict all manner of havoc and infirmity. This man is so jinxed that babies cry when he comes too close. People would change cars if they found that he was on the same tram.
Jinx was the kind of man that everyone wants to shoo off from their way.🤷♀️
🤦♀️All the mess that he brings into people’s lives is very interesting to read.
The book has further short stories about the county in order to set a theme for the main novel.
❄There are stories about a creature that dwelled in thick woods and legends spoke about it negatively but it turns out otherwise.
❄There have been such unbelievable tales like that of a woman who was pregnant for about 257 months and that was the weirdest and funniest. I was surprised that someone could think that way and write about it. That story was like a horrid dream that a woman sees when she is pregnant(maybe).
❄️The one that I liked the most was the story of a man who had a multiple personality disorder. He had two wives and two names. He had a past that led him into the disorder.
❄ So the book was full of weird, odd, funny, scary and all sorts of stories that kept me hooked up till the very end.
❄️Only that I felt I became a little slow in the middle but then the stories picked up well afterwards and I got into the Green Valley again.
❄️I would recommend the book to anyone because everyone will find something to appreciate.
J. Ryan Sommers has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago. He and his wife recently left the Windy City and relocated in Houston, where Sommers teaches at San Jacinto College and continues to write.He has published stories in Zoetic Press, So to Speak, Helen Literary Magazine, Storyfile Magazine, Menda City Press, Silhouette Press, and The Paragon Review to mention a few. He also has an upcoming novella, ‘The Second City,’ coming out at the end of 2018.
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