Love Give Us One Death: Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days: A Novel

Love Give Us One Death: Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days: A Novel

Love Give Us One Death: Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days: A Novel

Love Give Us One Death: Bonnie and Clyde in the Last Days: A Novel

Synopsis

Bonnie and Clyde are the most famous outlaw pair in American history, children of the Dust Bowl, illicit lovers whose criminal run inspired fear and admiration in a country desperate for antiheroes. Their bloody path, spoking outward from their family homes in Dallas, ranged across the Southwest, the desiccated southern plains, and the Midwest. Frank Hamer, the legendary Texas Ranger, was hired to stop them. The story of their death on a lonely Louisiana back road, as well as their short life together, is a story of a nation reaping the results of environmental degradation, injustice, and greed.

"In Love Give Us One Death, Jeff Jones pieces together a story we think we know, about desperate lives and American violence. As the tale unfolds, we see its larger dimensions: the spiritual shadows and compulsive needs from which our nation springs and through which it has found its many forms of speech. This is historical fiction raised boldly to the level of myth."--Tracy Daugherty, Final Judge

"The language throughout the novel is absolutely stunning. Characterization, historical setting, ambience are all accurate and depicted with great clarity. A terrific achievement."--Mary Clearman Blew

"This is just a damned fine piece of work."--Robert Wrigley

Excerpt

May 23

In the early days of their courtship, there opened a piney hallway not unlike this one, a strip of oil road in the backwoods of east Texas along which Clyde had been pushing the car faster and faster, trying to scare her by topping blind hills in the oncoming lane and lifting two wheels on the curves and thudding them back down on the straightaways, and even as she felt the fear colonizing her throat she sensed a deeper urge, and what she did was this: she peeled her fingers from the dash and, grabbing the sill, thrust herself out the window to the waist, and the figurehead she became— half machine, half woman—spewed hellborn laughter into the battering lovely slipstream.

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