Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
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Recently adapted for the screen, this now-classic collection of ten stories from the author of Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Angels is narrated by a young man, a recovering alcholic and heroin addict whose dependencies have led him to petty crime, cruelty, betrayal, and various kinds of loss.

 

About Denis Johnson

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Denis Johnson is the author of six novels, three collections of poetry, and one book of reportage. His novel Tree of Smoke was the 2007 winner of the National Book Award.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 133 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Johnson (Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, 1991; Fiskadoro, 1985 etc.) brings together eleven down-and-out stories linked by their disagreeable narrator—a lowlife of mythic proportions who abuses drugs, booze, and people with reckless indifference.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Jesus' Son: Stories

The New York Times

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When Wayne denies that, the narrator is forced to make sense of what may be just a bizarre coincidence: "As nearly as I could tell, I'd wandered into some sort of dream that Wayne was having about his wife, and his house."

Dec 27 1992 | Read Full Review of Jesus' Son: Stories

Publishers Weekly

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Each short story offers another vista on a lost, sorrowful American underworld where recurring characters stumble through dive bars, dead-end relationships, emergency rooms, car crashes, and petty crimes.

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Publishers Weekly

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Taking its title from a line in Lou Reed's notorious song ``Heroin,'' this story collection by with-it novelist Johnson focuses on the familiar themes of addiction and recovery. In his novels ( Angels

Nov 30 1992 | Read Full Review of Jesus' Son: Stories

Suite 101

Rhoda and Samuel each have problems but together they could be successful..

Aug 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Jesus' Son: Stories

PopMatters

As he gets into the car, Fuckhead intuits or recalls — his sense of time appears to work in several directions at once, forward and back and across — the wreck that soon besets them.

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PopMatters

Before you read any further it may be best to clear up any preconceived notions one may have about a film titled Jesus’ Son.

Jul 14 2009 | Read Full Review of Jesus' Son: Stories

The Kenyon Review

I was feeling worn and left to my own devices would not have been able to sit and read a book or even listen to one, but reading aloud is also something else.

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Pank Magazine

And Fuckhead, being Fuckhead, forgetting about their bodies tucked away against his own, squashing them to death.

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