FINALIST for the LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE
Largehearted Boy selection for FAVORITE NOVEL OF 2013 — Flavorwire selection for BEST DEBUT NOVEL OF 2013
Slate selection for BOOKS YOU SHOULDN'T OVERLOOK IN 2013 — Salon selection for YEAR-END BOOK GUIDE
New Statesman selection for BEST NOVEL OF 2014.
BEST OF 2013 selection in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, Conversational Reading, Ryder Magazine, and Seminary Co-Op Bookstore. Acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, Bookforum, Vice, Time Out Chicago, and more!
“Mira Corpora is fine work in its manic pacing and its summoning of certain cultural emblems. Present tense with a vengeance. I hope the book finds the serious readers who are out there waiting for this kind of fiction to hit them in the face.”
– DON DELILLO
“Jeff Jackson is one of the most extraordinarily gifted young writers I've read in a very long time. His strangely serene yet gripping, unsettling, and beautifully rendered novel Mira Corpora has within it all the earmarks of an important new literary voice."
– DENNIS COOPER
"Written in an unforgiving, almost hallucinatory prose, the story follows a young american runaway through a series bleak under—and over—worlds. By avoiding any temptation to literalise or relent into easy judgment Jackson captures both the rush and extreme vulnerability of dispossessed, disregarded youth. Beautiful and horrible, it’s one of the few books to have given me actual nightmares and has stayed with me long after I turned the last page."
- EIMEAR McBRIDE
"Jeff Jackson is a fresh and startling voice in contemporary fiction--a hallucinatory realist whose prose has the scary energy of rock and roll, and who writes with the assurance of a born storyteller."
– DAVID GATES
"There is a scene in this arresting novel in which a group of feral teenagers experience ‘a hushed air of reverence when we confront the lurid and savage details’ of a painting executed by one of their own tribe. The reader would be well-advised to approach Mira Corpora in the same attitude. The prose, in the spirit of Dennis Cooper and Brian Evenson, reads like dispatches from the blackness of a Bill Henson photograph. Jeff Jackson has had his vision, and it is worth a good hard look."
- JUSTIN TAYLOR
"At the centre of this extraordinary novel, Jeff Jackson's voice flickers like some strange beacon of hope: poetic, fragmentary, and brilliant, it startles in fits and bursts; a piercing architecture of memory so powerful it reaffirms my belief that the contemporary can still do remarkable things".
- LEE ROURKE
"Powered by a feral poetry."
- CHLOE ARIDJIS
Mira Corpora is the debut novel from acclaimed playwright Jeff Jackson, an inspired, dreamlike adventure by a distinctive new talent. Literary and inventive, but also fast-paced and gripping, Mira Corpora charts the journey of a young runaway. A coming-of-age story for people who hate coming-of-age stories, featuring a colony of outcast children, teenage oracles, amusement parks haunted by gibbons, mysterious cassette tapes, and a reclusive underground rockstar. With astounding precision, it weaves a moving tale of mad hope and discovery across a startling, vibrant landscape.