- Paperback: 288 pages
- Published: 7/7/15
- IBSN: 9781617753510
- e-IBSN: 9781617753589
- IBSN: 9781617753503
- Genre: Fiction
Following her husband’s suspicious death, Merryn Huntley flees with her daughter to Mexico, where she discovers she can’t outrun self-deception.
“Kaylie Jones’s striking novel . . . quivers with tension from the opening page . . . [A] lovely, finely plotted novel, which highlights colorful San Miguel and the complexities of family, loyalty and honesty. The Anger Meridian is at once a suspenseful mystery and a superlatively gripping story of self-discovery.”
—Shelf Awareness, Starred review
“Jones . . . has written a compulsively readable novel about a woman who manages to come into her own. With engaging characters, a compelling story, and a seductive sense of place, this is a literary treat.”
“Jones creates a seething portrait of a narcissistic mother in this story of an adult daughter’s attempt to reconcile the appearance of her prosperous and successful family with the harsh reality of a life built on a series of lies. . . . Jones keeps the action churning . . . but perhaps the novel’s greatest feat is Bibi, an all-too-real toxic monster of a mother.”
“A fast-paced story of a woman who only stops lying to others once she stops lying to herself.”
“The plot twists in this latest from Jones are intriguing. . . . For readers looking for a lightweight novel for the beach . . . this book is the prescription.”
“The Anger Meridian opens with high drama . . . The novel . . . maintains a lovely sense of place and character. There is a psychological depth to the story, especially in regards to a keen focus on mother and daughter relationships. Underlying this is a compelling mystery and a sense of tension that will keep readers moving fast through the story.”
—KQED, Beach Reads for Rebels: 5 Alternatives to the Average Summer Thriller
“Must-read. . . . Intriguing characters, complex twists, and a definite page turner.”
—Chicago Now, Top 5 Books of 2015
“There’s more to the story at every level here, however, and that is the brilliance of Kaylie Jones’s writing. . . . This fascinating novel bases its mystery not so much on unfolding events, although these are well paced, but instead on how a person can live a life parallel to the truth, based on an ever-shifting set of lies and misrepresentations. There’s real danger is remaking the truth to avoid conflict, and that is never more apparent than in this well crafted book.”
—Reviewing the Evidence
“At once a thriller, a psychological study, an experiment in technique and a portrait of the Mexican ‘Hamptons,’ San Miguel de Allende. . . . Smoothly plotted and compulsively readable. The narrative technique is brilliant and the characters leap off the page, vivid with life.”
“Ms. Jones has a masterly control of her story.”
—East Hampton Star
“A fun and quick summer read with an interesting and complex plot. Takes this one to the beach for a good end-of-the-summer read.”
—The Book Binder’s Daughter
“Kaylie Jones stacks her story with interesting characters and intriguing developments. . . . A fast-paced book that also manages to feel intimate. It’s a good one.”
“A nice mix of drama, romance, and mystery that will keep you turning the pages through to the end.”
—A New Day
“Jones creates a superb sense of place and carries the reader over each cobblestone in San Miguel de Allende . . . . Warm, scary, disturbing and lovable characters and an interesting story line make The Anger Meridian worth reading and sharing.”
“Kaylie has outdone herself . . . a thrilling and suspenseful novel that will have you hopelessly hooked from page one.”
—Confessions of a Book Junkie
“With overlapping criminal investigations against a blaring psycho-dramatic backdrop, Jones delves into life’s vicissitudes and our coping mechanisms. [The] Anger Meridian holds our attention with a[n] . . . engaging plot that is expertly and vividly written.”
—Kaietur News (Guyana)
“The Anger Meridian is an impossible-to-put-down book. Kaylie Jones is a master storyteller, and this is her best one yet.”
—Ann Hood, author of An Italian Wife
“The Anger Meridian is a sexy, sleek page-turner. Uncertain Merryn loses her husband in an unsavory accident—and her first instinct is to flee. She gathers her beloved hyper-allergic daughter and a teddy bear full of cash and races across the border to her mother’s house in the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende. But Merryn feels the noose tightening as her flamboyant, overbearing mother begins to threaten and the FBI closes in. Jones deftly weaves together a thriller, a family drama, a romance, and a story of self-awakening in this taut, suspenseful, and beautiful novel.”
—Taylor Polites, author of The Rebel Wife
“Kaylie Jones has written a narrative that ingeniously marries the atmosphere of the longtime outpost of American expats in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with a narrator who lives in so much denial that she creates her own magic realism. And the mother, a living nightmare, is too awful to be true, and too true not to believe. The characters in this book made me laugh, drop my jaw in outrage, nod in acknowledgment, and then they hung around long after I turned the last page.”
—Beverly Donofrio, author of Astonished: A Story of Healing and Finding Grace
Praise for Kaylie Jones:
“Although we’ve got used to second-generation actors equaling or surpassing the accomplishments of their parents, the same hasn’t happened with second-generation novelists. Nonetheless there are a few, and added to their small number ought to be Kaylie Jones.”
—New York Times
Merryn Huntley is rudely awakened to the many bad decisions she has made in her life when she is told by two Dallas police officers that her wealthy husband Beau has been killed in a car accident, along with a local waitress. Merryn’s first instinct is to flee in order to protect her nine-year-old daughter, and the only place that feels safe enough is her mother’s beautiful, isolated home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Merryn’s mother, the redoubtable Bibi, always said to her as a child, When you tell a lie, make sure you keep it as close to the truth as possible, because it will be easier to remember. Ironically, from the moment Merryn arrives, she is forced into twisting the truth—about how much she knew of her husband and his shady business affairs; about her own secret lovers; and most importantly, that she is beginning to doubt the one person who has always been the greatest influence in her life: her mother.
The situation worsens when two FBI agents show up and begin to ask Merryn questions about her husband’s business, which only intensifies her need to continue lying. While Merryn’s perfect world begins to crumble around her, she must decide whether or not she can face the most painful reality of all—that she has been lying to herself her entire life.
Read a piece written by Kaylie Jones at National Geographic Traveler Magazine.
Watch a video of Kaylie Jones discussing The Anger Meridian at Poets & Writers.
Read an interview with Kaylie Jones at That Lit Site.
KAYLIE JONES has published seven books, including a memoir, Lies My Mother Never Told Me, and her most recent novel, The Anger Meridian. Her novel A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries was adapted as a Merchant Ivory film in 1998. Jones has been teaching for more than twenty-five years, and is a faculty member in the Stony Brook Southampton MFA in Creative Writing & Literature program and in Wilkes University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She is the author of Speak Now and the editor of Long Island Noir. Her newest endeavor is her publishing imprint with Akashic Books, Kaylie Jones Books.