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The House of Order by John Paul Jaramillo and Giveaway!

Monday, April 9, 2012
The House of Order, the first collection of composite stories by John Paul Jaramillo, presents a stark vision of American childhood and family, set in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Manito Ortiz sorts family truth from legend as broken as the steel industry and the rusting vehicles that line Spruce Street. The only access to his lost family's story is his uncle, the unreliable Neto Ortiz.

Goodreads Summary

This collection of stories is told by the narrator as he focuses on past family stories and circumstances that he sees in his Western America based relatives. The narrator Manito describes the lives of his grandparents, aunts and uncles, and others who also knew his deceased father. The writing is quick, gritty, and full of extremely crude language and circumstances.

Not finding anything to compare it to, I think that the disjointed sentence structure reminds me of Cisneros’ House on Mango Street. However, Cisneros’ prose is prettier – not crude. This is HBO crude and rough. The circumstances are too depressing, but feel very real. As broken as everything seems, Manito’s interest in family narratives, in keeping ties with his family, lends some meaning to the tales. I had a difficult time reading the stories. It might be my own ignorance of a seedier world; it might be the lack of explanation in the writing. I had to reread passages to understand who was who, and in what time period the story was set. I’m not sure that I can form a clear opinion of the book. The writing would definitely appeal more to men.

Three Stars

*Reviewed by Colleen*

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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 in the Arts and Humanities Department of Lincoln Land Community College. Connect with John Paul on his website, Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads.

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  1. Leah said...:

    I actually liked the disjointed sentence structure and the "gritty and crude" style. :)

  1. Cayce said...:

    I like "HBO crude and rough", so The House of Order sounds quite interesting to me. And that cover? Brave.

    cayce006 at yahoo dot com

  1. Joseph said...:

    Thoughtful review. Nice job.

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on The House of Order, Colleen. The House on Mango Street is a very complimentary reference!

    Off to tweet :-D

  1. I don't think that this book is something that I would normally read (probably right up my husband's alley) but I think it is good to sometimes try books out of your normal comfort zone. I thought that your review was honest and insightful.

  1. Thanks so much for hosting my book. I appreciate your post. 'HBO crude' sounds about right to me.

  1. Hi Krystal,
    Emlyn told me to contact you. I won the drawing for House of Pain for my meager comment here. She wants you to confirm that by emailing her and me. Joseph.