Jonathan Ames is the author of the novels I Pass Like Night, The Extra Man, Wake Up, Sir!, the graphic novel The Alcoholic (illustrated by Dean Haspiel), the novella You Were Never Really Here, and the essay collections What's Not to Love?, My Less Than Secret Life, I Love You More Than You Know, and The Double Life Is Twice as Good. He is the editor of Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also the creator of two television shows: the HBO series Bored to Death and the STARZ series Blunt Talk. His novel The Extra Man was made into a film starring Kevin Kline, and You Were Never Really Here has also been adapted for the screen, starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Praise for You Were Never Really Here
"Brutal, unrelenting, and utterly compelling. . . . This
white-hot short novel blasts through its 100 pages like a fireball
stampeding through a tunnel."
"Evocative. . . . Ames pulls no punches in his buildup to a grim conclusion that Jim Thompson devotees will appreciate."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) Ames is an adept purveyor of the very noir, particular scenes of violence. He achieves more in less than 100 pages than most crime novels three times the length do
--The Times, Crime Books of the Year 2016 A striking and powerful noir debut that can be consumed in a single sitting. . . . Ames reveals himself here as a stylish thriller writer
--Daily Mail [A] fast-moving, agreeably violent and perfectly pared-down novella