A Poet’s Novel: Jon Pineda talks LET’S NO ONE GET HURT

Even a poetry dullard like me recognizes poet / memoirist / novelist Jon Pineda’s ability to do something spectacular with language. His lean sentences are surprisingly dense, as if to defy their brevity. Surely publishing three award-winning books of poetry helped Pineda hone the exactness of prose—first in his memoir, Sleep in Me (2010), which explores the tragic car crash that silenced his vibrant sister, then in his debut novel, Apology (2013), which chronicles the aftereffects of a tragic accident on both victim and perpetrator.