New Novel

Sins of the Younger Sons

Coming June 2017

to TCU Press

"At once history - both cultural and political - and sensual love story, it reaches beyond the genre to make for a magical and profound reading experience."


-Beverly Lowry

Sins of the Younger Sons

"If Graham Greene or Robert Stone had turned their literary talents toward the Basque separatist struggle in Spain, the result would be much like Jan Reid's outstanding novel, Sins of the Younger Sons."


-Thomas Zigal

Jan Reid

About the author

Jan Reid, who lives in Austin and is the author of twelve books, first won acclaim for his pop culture classic The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock and decades of wide-ranging articles for Texas Monthly. His talent for nonfiction grew in his memoir The Bullet Meant for Me and his biography of the late Texas governor Ann Richards, Let the People In. His love of fiction is also evident in his prize-winning novels Deerinwater and Comanche Sundown and now his third, dramatically different new one, Sins of the Younger Sons.


In 2014 the Texas Institute of Letters honored Jan with its Lon Tinkle Award for lifetime career achievement.


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Let the People In -

The Life and Times of Ann Richards

University of Texas Press

“Jan Reid gives us new insight into Ann Richards, whose wit filled any room with laughter, whose candor chased away every smokescreen, whose heart was as big as Texas. Governor Richards was a leader you wanted to follow to a world where everyone could be a winner, and she never stopped trying to take us there. I loved her and so will you.”


- former President Bill Clinton



“Here is Ann Richards—ribald, ferocious, vulnerable, and hilarious—the last Texas liberal, well remembered by her friend, Jan Reid. A classic Texas character captured by a classic Texas writer.”


- Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11




Comanche Sundown

TCU Press

“This book represents a summoning of all of Jan Reid’s remarkable powers. He writes with a scholar’s reach, a novelist’s depth, a native son’s intuitive grasp. He has long been one of the best Texas writers ever, and Comanche Sundown is his masterpiece.”


- Stephen Harrigan, author of Gates of the Alamo


“Comanche Sundown is a thrilling read. Though it’s a touchy word in literary criticism, the novel feels pure. It’s not pure because it’s airy or idea-oriented: it’s pure because Reid’s characters feel like living people. It’s the best writing Reid has ever done, and that’s saying a lot.”


- Clay Smith, Texas Observer



The Bullet Meant For Me

University of Texas Press

“Simultaneously haunting and heartwarming, this memoir brings the horror of random (or almost random) violence fully to life and demonstrates how one man used that experience as a stepping stone toward his own intellectual enlightenment.”


- Washington Post


“Jan Reid’s memoir is a powerful story of love, loss, and one kind of redemption. Living to tell such a story is an accomplishment in itself, but it takes an even greater talent to write it so beautifully.”


- Abraham Verghese, author of My Own Country and Cutting for Stone



The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock

University of Texas Press

   “Ever wondered why God chose Austin to be the live music capital of the world? Read this book.”


  - Kinky Friedman


  “The only book I know that tells the real story of my honky tonk heroes Willie, Billy Joe, Jerry Jeff, Kinky, Janis, and the incredible scenes in Austin in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. This is the real deal, a must read for the people from the country that love their music and a must for city dwellers who need this music.”


  - Dennis Hopper



Other books by Jan Reid can be bought from or through its rare book contractors:


Vain Glory, on football in Texas, 1986.  Amazon


Close Calls, a collection of magazine articles, 2000.  Amazon


Boy Genius: Karl Rove, with Lou Dubose and Carl Cannon, 2003.  Amazon


Rio Grande, writers and photographers on the border stream, 2004.  Amazon


The Hammer: Tom DeLay, with Lou Dubose, 2004.  Amazon


Layla and Assorted Long Songs, on the great rock album, 2006.  Amazon


Texas Tornado: Doug Sahm, with Shawn Sahm, 2010.  Amazon