“The life of a young man, John Howard, at times heroic, at times comic, a person who tries, in the small ways he can, to make his life better.”

The Way Up by Ward R. Jones“Enthralling . . . convincing . . . a well told coming of age story.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Jones weaves an insightful story . . . his blue-collar beer swilling about to be in-laws is broad comedy at its best . . . Jones has a talent for both comedy and drama.” – ForeWord Clarion Reviews
Emotional, painful and often sensual, The Way UP follows the trials and tribulations of John Howard, a 26-year-old law school graduate who works through family tragedy, turbulent relationships, and an unexpected series of career changes. Jones’ complex characters come to life in The Way Up, as Howard comes to grip with his ever-changing reality in this intriguing and dramatic tale.
The Way Up by Ward Jones
"I felt suddenly the kind of nausea felt in a small boat, when on high seas with someone you hate you're tempted to dive off, let nature decide. I soon would be that person, and though larger than the metaphorical boat I envisioned, our house in Spring Branch would be, as it was before I left, buffeted by the more powerful, more lasting storms, those of emotion, the only calm, my mother."

A work in progress, a divorced couple and only daughter at the psychologist’s office

In the silence that followed the boy’s departure, a quiet broken by the mumbles of Kathy on her phone, I thought about Aileen sitting and listening, if she was in fact listening and not thinking of something else. At some point she had to think about her own well being and realize how important it […]

Google in the Land of Noir

Or if you prefer, a young man’s journey into weirdness, which is where Robin Sloan’s well conceived and adroitly crafted novel leads. Not a wasted journey because it earned him an LA Times prize for First Fiction. When not writing, according to his website, he “dorks around with technology” so you know he’s like almost […]


Driving up Voss, I passed a tall brick wall and looming above the second and maybe third floor of a house, the quarter inch plywood used in early stage construction. A lot of demolition these days, the old houses scraped to their foundations, then jack hammered to rocks and pebbles. A new one poured daily, […]