Praise for Cities of Men
"Jensen has genuine compassion for these characters. Very human in the best way. A remarkable novel."
—Jeff Johnson, author of Everything Under the Moon and Knottspeed
"Cities of Men is a deeply moving and complex first novel that has an ear to the ground for what makes us fully human: our yearning for more than the world will give. William Jensen's young protagonist, Cooper, is someone we all think we know, but over the course of this fine novel our understanding of him changes, deepens, so that we sense our own needs in his. We too want human mystery revealed, people made plain, even when we know they can't be: "I knew my parents had back stories," Cooper says, "some I’d never know, and I had to be okay with that." Is Cooper okay with not knowing? Are any of us, in the end? Cities of Men asks the big questions that all great novels do: Who are we? And how do we know? Jensen is a writer to watch."
—Scott Blackwood, PEN USA Award winning author of See How Small
“William Jensen’s compelling debut novel touches a central mystery of contemporary American life: How can a boy manage to become a man when all the models he has are numb, angry, damaged—or absent altogether?”
—John Benditt, PEN-nominated and National Jewish Book Award-winning author of The Boatmaker