Jordan was born in Appalachian Virginia. His debut novel, The Ballad of Falling Rock, is forthcoming from BHC Press, and his recent fiction and literary translation have appeared in Looking Back at Hong Kong: an Anthology of Writing and Art, Kyoto Journal, Literary Orphans, Spittoon Monthly, and decomP Magazine. A graduate of the University of Virginia with an MFA from City University of Hong Kong, Jordan spent 14 years in China as a writing teacher, editor, and musician. He now resides and teaches in Boston.
In 1938, the decisions folk singer Saul Crabtree makes will alter his family’s story for generations. He and his eerily talented descendants ignite religious fear throughout Red Pine County. They navigate chapels and decaying sanatoriums, high school hallways and a lingering myth from their Cherokee heritage that follows wherever they go. Yet, even as tragedy befalls this family of Appalachian musicians, they remain aware that their destiny grows from a single root: Saul’s final song, one so sad that all who hear it die of a broken heart.