Au­thor Thom Jones dies at 71

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

NEW YORK >> Thom Jones, an ac­claimed short story writer who drew upon fam­ily tragedy and his own painful strug­gles for “The Pugilist At Rest” and other col­lec­tions, has died.

Jones died Friday in Olympia, Wash­ing­ton, his long­time home, ac­cord­ing to his lit­er­ary rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the Wylie Agency. He was 71 and died of com­pli­ca­tions from di­a­betes.

“The Pugilist at Rest,” pub­lished in 1993, was his de­but book and a fi­nal­ist for the Na­tional Book Award. Its sto­ries of vi­o­lence, trauma and spir­i­tual striv­ing led to com­par­isons to Ernest Hem­ing­way, Nor­man Mailer and fel­low Pa­cific North­west res­i­dent Ray­mond Carver among oth­ers.

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