Portland Authors on Top Ten List


Rene Denfeld’s powerhouse account of the brutal 2003 street family murder of Jessica williams topped the list of books by Portland authors on the Oregonian’s 2007 Northwest Top 10 list published Sunday. Denfeld’s “All God’s Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of America’s Street Families” was second in the Northwest to Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”

“All God’s Children” is at times difficult to read due to its subject matter. But it demands to be read cover to cover. Giving a graphic glimpse into an underworld few Portlanders are aware of, Denfeld deftly recreates the scenes and events leading up to the murder of a mentally handicapped young woman by a Portland “street family.”

Oregonian book critic Jeff Baker’s full list ran in Sunday’s Oregonian, and can be found (at least temporarily) at OregonLive.

Denfeld’s book can be found at your friendly neighborhood book store or library.

2 Comments so far

  1. McAngryPants (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 8:24 am

    No Melissa Lion? Bah!

  2. Steve (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2008 @ 9:18 am

    An obvious oversight by Mr. Baker. We’re big Melissa Lion fans here at Chez Wacky.

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