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The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones

Edited by Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.

This collection showcases the best writings of Stephen Graham Jones, whose career is developing rapidly from the noir underground to the mainstream. The Faster Redder Road features excerpts from Jones’s novels—including The Last Final Girl, The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong, Not for Nothing, and The Gospel of Z—and short stories, some never before published in book form. Examining Jones’s contributions to American literature as well as noir, Theodore C. Van Alst Jr.’s introduction puts Jones on the literary map.


Theodore C. Van Alst Jr. is an assistant professor of Native American studies at the University of Montana and the former assistant dean and director of the Native American Cultural Center at Yale University. He is a chapter contributor in the work Seeing Red—Hollywood’s Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film.

Stephen Graham Jones is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Colorado. He is the author of twenty-one books, including The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong, Ledfeather, The Gospel of Z, and Bleed into Me: A Book of Stories. The honors his work has received include the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction. He is the recipient of the Writers’ League of Texas Fellowship in Literature and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature.


“(Jones’s) prose is sleek and image driven; his ludicrous situations are an entry point to social realism, exploring the very real lives of men and women on the margins of society. Most of his characters struggle to locate family and find love while facing violence and confronting personal demons of addiction and anger.”



“Jones has exploded the conventional rhythms of novelistic narrative.”


Austin Chronicle

“Indispensable—there is genius at work here.”


Texas Monthly

6 x 9 in. 408 pages