Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Book Acquired: Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson

Jesus Son by Denis Johnson. feat. Strong Bad

And lo, a package arrived with mine name upon its face.  And I opened the package and out of it sprang forth a slim collection of short fiction.  The author is Denis Johnson.  The slim book is Jesus' Son. It is published by Picador.
Jesus' Son is a visionary chronicle of dreamers, addicts, and lost souls. These stories tell of a spiraling grief and transcendence, of rock bottom and redemption, of getting lost and found and lost again. The raw beauty and careening energy of Denis Johnson's prose has earned this book a place among the classics of twentieth-century American literature.
As I've mentioned before, "Emergency" was featured in The New Yorker's Fiction Podcast in 2009 (and read by Tobias Wolff).  I've been trolling used bookstores for years in search of a copy of this book.  I finally broke down and bought it.

So! Excited! I think I need to go lie down.

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