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Jones, Holly Goddard

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1979-    ) US author, much of whose earlier work, which is nonfantastic, consists of intense studies of life in her native Kentucky, with some emphasis on its occasionally violent noir underside. She is of sf interest for her second novel, The Salt Line (2017), set in a Near Future America distorted into a Dystopian tyranny through the effects of a continent-wide assault of ticks. That this is not a trivial Disaster can by confirmed by the twenty-first century spread throughout America and elsewhere of tick-borne Lyme disease and associated plagues. The titular salt line represents a scorched-earth attempt on the part of one authoritarian community to seal itself off from infection. The plot thickens. [JC]

Holly Goddard Jones

born Russellville, Kentucky: 18 December 1979

works (selected)

  • The Salt Line (New York: Penguin/G P Putnam's Sons, 2017) [hb/Stephen Brayda]


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