Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The House of Order Blog Tour - Review and Giveaway

Happy Wednesday, everybody!

Welcome to my stop at The House of Order Blog Tour! this tour is organized by Novel Publicity and by the author John Paul Jaramillo. My stop includes a review and also giveaway together with some information about the blog tour.

Author: John Paul Jaramillo
Title: The House of Order
Release date: 12th of December 2011
Published by: Anaphora Literary Press
Reading level: FICTION - Adult: Stories, Literary Fiction, Social Realism
Pages: 105 in Paperback
Source: Received a review copy from Novel Publicity and the author

The House of Order, the first collection of composite stories by John Paul Jaramillo, presents a stark vision of American childhood and family, set in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Manito Ortiz sorts family truth from legend as broken as the steel industry and the rusting vehicles that line Spruce Street. The only access to his lost family's story is his uncle, the unreliable Neto Ortiz.

My review:

The House of Order by John Paul Jaramillo was different from everything I have read lately. There is nothing beautiful in this book, yet it draws you into it after you started reading the first pages. The environment and setting in the book is harsh, characters cruel and the stories hide nothing. The only beauty in this book is writing – John Paul Jaramillo is a man of few words, but it is amazing how much he can create with saying so little. Less is more is the key sentence of this book!

Regarding the plot:

The novel contains of stories where the narrator Manito is establishing a truth of his family through the stories told by his uncle Neto. There are sixteen stories in the book and each story gives Manito an understanding of his root and where he is coming from.

The setting is based in New Mexico, where the life is harsh after the steel industry has broken and the families try to survive. There is lot of social realism in this book; you get a clear picture of surroundings, where abuse of alcohol, drugs and women is normal and part of everyday life.

Another thing which stroke me while reading, was a use of symbols in the stories. I am not sure if it was intentional, but the titles of the stories seem very far of the content of the story and after finishing a story you realize that it has everything to do what Neto tells.

Regarding the characters:

The stories were told through Manito and uncle Neto, where Manito is listening and asking questions and Neto is a story teller.

Besides these two there were quite many other characters, but they are mostly shown through Neto’s stories. They are real, harsh and have lot of flaws.


As mentioned, there is one key sentence which is describing The House of Order – the less is more. It’s a novel which creates fascinating and ugly pictures of one family and the neighborhood. If you like literary fiction combined with social realism, The House of Order is definitely for you!

5 Flowers!
3 stars.

Thanks goes to Novel Publicity and the author for providing me with the review copy!

Novel Publicity Blog Tour Notes:

Wanna win a $50 gift card or an autographed copy of The House of Order? Well, there are two ways to enter...

  1. Leave a comment on my blog. One random commenter during this tour will win a $50 gift card. For the full list of participating blogs, visit the official House of Order tour page.

  2. Enter the Rafflecopter contest! I've posted the contest form below, or you can enter on the official House of Order tour page--either way works just as well.

About the author:

John Paul Jaramillo grew up in Southern Colorado but now lives, writes and teaches in Springfield, Illinois. He earned his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Oregon State University and, currently, holds the position of Associate Professor of English in the Arts and Humanities Department of Lincoln Land Community College. Connect with John Paul on his website, Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads.

Get The House of Order on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Enter the Rafflecopter contest to win $50 Amazon gift card OR an autographed book below!
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  1. Thank you for the great giveaway! This book sound good.

  2. This sounds like a really haunting read. I like the sound of the narrator!

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  3. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great & I would love to win it!

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  4. Fantastic review, Inga. Yes, the mark of a skilled writer is being able to say much in just a few words--something I'm still working on myself. Thank you for being a part of this tour. Please don't forget to cross-post to Amazon and GoodReads!