Dan Palace has always played it safe. He chose the safe job. Married a safe woman. Rarely travels far from home. But something is missing – until a man named Tucker Farling delivers a doomsday prediction that changes his life.
In the final minutes before the New Year, Dan musters the courage he desperately needs to embark on a quest to find that missing “something,” along with the love of his ex-wife, who has hated him since their wedding night nine years before. When things don’t go as planned, Dan finds himself on an unexpected road trip with a young hotel worker and her possessive boyfriend. Together, they experience some of the surprising consequences of living life to its passionate fullest – as do the people they love. (…more)
PRAISE FOR THE YEAR OF DAN PALACE.
“Honest, original, and impossible to put down. With a wholly distinctive narrative voice, Chris Jane is a 21st Century Bukowski.” – Joseph Dilworth Jr., Pop Culture Zoo
“At turns funny, smart, painful, and most of all, honest as it follows one man’s choices in the face of the possibility that the world will end. This is a writer who doesn’t pull punches, who shows us sides of a character it might be easier to turn away from.” – Reggie Lutz, author of Haunted
“From the opening pages to the completely unexpected ending, this book really is amazing. This is not a book for a quick read despite the ever changing plot. It’s a book to savour and enjoy the beautiful clarity of the writing. I thought The Year of Dan Palace was stunningly good.” – Indie Bookworm
Pretty Much True
Professor-turned-cab driver Mia Sharpe, while sinking into the numbing fear that she’ll never see her war fighting soul mate again, befriends a Vietnam veteran and a few bad habits as her once normal life becomes an exercise in long-distance relationship management, friendship avoidance, “couples” party handling, and war protest etiquette. (…more)
PRAISE FOR PRETTY MUCH TRUE
“Americans are getting a finer sense of who we are at an important time in our history because of the quality of literature from writers with voices calibrated to sing out our zeitgeist. And this novel by the grandly-talented Chris Jane delivers the best kind of fiction – a story suffused with a brightness that shines truer than the truth.” – James C. Moore, MSNBC commentator and author of The Rembrandt Bomb and co-author of the NYT-bestelling Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential
“One of the most powerful and brilliant books I have read in a long time. Make this the next book you read.” – Joseph Dilworth Jr., Pop Culture Zoo
“Hauntingly spare and shimmeringly powerful, Pretty Much True hurls you into a world you only think you know or understand and makes it living, breathing, and absolutely engrossing.” – Caroline Leavitt, NYT best selling author of Is This Tomorrow
“A powerful novel with wonderful echoes of Vietnam and our country’s tortured response to that war.” – Paul Griner, author of The German Woman
“In a style reminiscent of Kurt Vonnegut’s surreal narratives, Pretty Much True is a story revelatory of a side of war that often is overlooked.” – Lee Giguere, the Journal Inquirer
“Pretty Much True is a fascinating study of how the casualties of war extend far beyond the battlefield that is also incredibly funny in places. Great book.” – Russell Rowland, author of In Open Spaces and High and Inside
“There are few stories written from the point of view of a loved one back home waiting, and waiting some more, not knowing if or how the soldier will return home. Perhaps that’s because so few have found an interesting way to write such a story, but that has changed, thanks to Chris Jane.” – Carol Hoenig, the Huffington Post
War, jealousy, mortality, marriage, rejection, idealized love versus real love, and one prison visit.
This collection of short and flash fiction features two original stories and eighteen that were previously published in print or online literary journals. Includes award-winning and Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction. (…more)
PRAISE FOR 20 SHORT STORIES
“What sets Jane apart from most writers is an ability to present raw, emotional moments in a way that allows you to personalize them. There are few books you will treasure and want to revisit the way you will with 20 Short Stories.” – Joseph Dilworth Jr., Pop Culture Zoo
“One might go so far as to liken this collection to Dante’s Inferno, each character in a purgatory of sorts, placed there by the conviction of their own will alone. There isn’t a bad story in the bunch.” – Cheryl Anne Gardner, author of The Kissing Room and head fiction editor at Apocrypha and Abstractions Literary Journal
Kindle Short Story Singles
Included in 20 Short Stories. Originally published in the literary magazine Denver Syntax.
Benjamin tugged the “stop” string after twenty blocks and looked at her. Past his head and through the window a dull blue motel sign advertised rooms at fifteen dollars.
“Just for now,” he said. “Why are you looking at me like that? It’s just a place to rest. … And to think. We should think, some, don’t you agree? A lot’s happened, and stopping here and resting, maybe getting some sleep, will clear us up.” He held his hand out to her. When she took it, she found that it was as dry as hers was damp.
“To My Daughter” ($0.99), also published in 20 Short Stories, is an uncertain mother’s private, silent message to her child. Originally published in the journal REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, “To My Daughter” reveals the secret thoughts of a young woman struggling with her decision to be a parent.
Women of your day will have the luxury of thinking about children. We, women of my generation, don’t put too much thought into it. We get married, get houses, get pregnant. A funny thing not to have an opinion about kids. You. I have no opinion of you.
Fiction, essays, and plays in other places
The stories marked with a red asterisk are included in the short fiction collection 20 Short Stories
“Owning is Second to Knowing” at NPR’s “This I Believe”
Red Weather Magazine
“Me and My Lover”
“The Fittest” (Film adaptation directed by Martin Jonason and screened at the 2002 Fargo Film Festival)
Red Weather Magazine
“The Girl Next Door”
Red Weather Magazine
“This Is How I Tell You”
They Do Exist!: Anthology of Award-Winning Short Stories
“But for Gloria”
RE:AL, Summer/Fall Issue (also a Kindle Short)
*“To My Daughter”
Storyglossia Fiction Prize
*“They Three at Once Were One” (Fiction Prize winner)
“Married to Somebody”
The Midtown Literary Review
“In the Wheatfield”
“The Nature of Things”
*“Burn Everything but the Heart” (Voodoo flash fiction competition winner)
Denver Syntax (also a Kindle Short)
It’s not like we live in a novel with Fabio glistening on the cover. It’s not like he happened to crash-land on some farmstead owned by an old farmer and his beautiful, single, young daughter with long, blond hair and trim thighs and a lilting laugh that delights Dan to his core, the way the romance novels say it happens. It’s not like she has heaving breasts.
Right Hand Pointing
*“Becoming an Oates Girl”
He left, he later sighed, because she was too perfect. (She didn’t argue the impossibility of being too perfect.) He flipped her hair, said, “Thick and bouncy!” He spat in her eyes. “They sparkle, for Christs sake!” But also, she was too optimistic, too chipper about goddamn everything.
She tucks her hair behind her ears and looks around. There are seven tables in all, half of them being used. I only know Kevin. The rest I don’t talk to and they don’t talk to me. “You scared, in here?”
“No way. This is fascinating. I’ve never been to a prison before.” She leans across the table. “Is it like it is in the movies?” Her eyes are all big. She wants me to say yes.
*“An Agate in Cool River”
“Killing People Is an Art,” He Said
“The Start of Resentment”
“Things You Do for Love”
Huffington Post Celebrity
“Corey Haim’s Death and the Loss of Innocence“
The Fargo Forum
“Other Views: Human Body Should Not be Unmentionable”
High Plains Reader
“On the Road: Cassleton”
“On the Road: Downer”
“On the Road: Comstock”
“On the Road: Wolverton”
“Success is Relative”
“Tide Is In”
“Innocent ‘Kissing’ Book Offers Date Rape Tutorial”
“They’re Not Kidding: Childless and Loving Every Minute of It”
“Clearing the Air: a first-time visit to the Church of Scientology”
“Dehumanizing women in advertising”
“Write On: The ups and downs of self-publishing”
“Lifetime’s Desperation Could Kill Its Cash Cow, ‘Army Wives'”
(op-ed) “The Rape Trail: America doesn’t get it,” by Kristen J. Tsetsi, Stacey A. Silliman, and Laura F. Alix
“Breast Implants: A Complex Decision”
Theatre of the Invisible Guest
“Girl on a Swing,” One-Act
“Gun in the Corner,” One-Act
Short Film, Fargo Film Festival
“The Fittest,” Adaptation
Martin Jonason, Director