The Jumper is an old-fashioned, modern novel both dark and funny. Its central character, Jimmy Strawhorn, grows up on a ranch in West Texas thinking he's an orphan but is summoned to Baton Rouge, where he discovers his past is stranger than he can imagine.Jimmy tries to navigate his urge to jump from high places, his fear of falling in love, and a complex family history full of deceit and racial ambiguity. At the same time, two other eccentric main characters, named Sandra and J. T., deal with dangerous pasts and presents of their own as Jimmy's arrival alters their lives.Winner of the 2012 George Garrett Prize for Fiction.
Tim Parrish is the author of Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist and of the story collection Red Stick Men. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, he lives in New Haven, Connecticut, USA, where he teaches fiction writing in the MFA and undergraduate programs at Southern Connecticut State University.