Jonathan LaPoma

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Kirkus Reviews Recommends THE SOUL CITY SALVATION

Kirkus Reviews recommends Jonathan LaPoma’s new darkly comic, psychologically epic novel, The Soul City Salvation:

“Jay is revealed to be an intriguing soul to follow, and LaPoma seamlessly depicts aspects of Jay’s mental illness as well as his attempts to get successfully published. Along the way, the author effectively plays with the theme of control—specifically, Jay’s lack of it, in both his classrooms and in his personal life . . . A good character study of an educator yearning for more will be satisfied . . . A . . . highly readable tale of a struggling but well-meaning schoolteacher.”

Almendro Arts will publish the novel on March 24, 2020.

Kirkus Reviews Recommends HAMMOND

Kirkus Reviews, one of the most world’s most respected book review publications, recommended Jonathan LaPoma’s latest novel, HAMMOND:

“Earnest, hardscrabble story of restless youth, mental illness, and the saving grace of sports-inspired camaraderie . . . Compelling . . . successfully captures the anger, frustration, and freedom of kids on the brink of adulthood.

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Almendro Arts will publish HAMMOND on December 18, 2018.

THE SUMMER OF CRUD selected to Barnes & Noble Press Presents List

Barnes & Noble selected Jonathan LaPoma’s dark and disturbing coming-of-age novel THE SUMMER OF CRUD to its B&N Press Presents list (February/March 2018), where “B&N Press editors have handpicked the best books from emerging authors and new voices.”

The novel has also been recommended by Kirkus Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews Recommends THE SUMMER OF CRUD

Kirkus Reviews, one of the world’s most respected book review journals, recommended Jonathan LaPoma’s dark and disturbing coming-of-age novel, THE SUMMER OF CRUD, calling it, “A rollicking, entertaining adventure on the open road starring two ferocious youths fueled by booze, pot, and canned spaghetti . . . A slender, fast-paced, fever-dreamed excursion . . . undeniably addictive.”

THE SUMMER OF CRUD will be published by Almendro Arts in February 2018.

DEVELOPING MINDS Now Available for Purchase

Jonathan LaPoma’s award-winning literary fiction novel, DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY, is now available for purchase on, Barnes and, and on the publisher, Laughing Fire Press’s, website.

DEVELOPING MINDS follows a group of recent college grads who struggle with feelings of alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools. Kirkus Reviews called it an “Entertaining and authentic look at the troubled American education system,” and the San Francisco Book Review called it “Incredibly artistic . . . raw and endearing.” It can be seen as mix between TEACHER MAN by Frank McCourt and POST OFFICE by Charles Bukowski.

DEVELOPING MINDS a “Best Book” on Kirkus Reviews

“Raw and edgy…Entertaining and authentic look at the troubled American education system…” —Kirkus Reviews

Jonathan LaPoma’s award-winning novel DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY is listed as a “Best Book” on Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus is one of the top book reviewers in the US.