Jesus' Son: Stories

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Macmillan, 1992 - Fiction - 160 pages
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Jesus' Son, the first collection of stories by Denis Johnson, presents a unique, hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life unmatched in power and immediacy, and marks a new level of achievement for this acclaimed writer. Set in the Midwest and West, they are narrated by a young man, an alcoholic and heroin addict, whose dependencies have led him to petty crime, cruelty, betrayal, and various kinds of loss. Many of them are centered around the Vine, a bar in an Iowa town where the narrator meets his friends and forms alliances "based on something erroneous, some basic misunderstanding that hadn't yet come to light." In "Work," he and another man vandalize an empty house, stripping it of electrical wire to sell for scrap; "Dirty Wedding" evokes the emotional scars of an abortion from an unusual viewpoint; in "Beverly Home," our hero finds himself spying on a Mennonite couple through their bedroom window.
In their intensity of perception, their neon-lit evocation of a strange world brought uncomfortably close, the stories in Jesus' Son offer a disturbing yet eerily beautiful portrayal of American loneliness and hope.

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Dirty Wedding
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Happy Hour
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Denis Johnson was born in Munich, Germany in 1949. He was raised in many countries throughout the world before attending college at the University of Iowa. Along with writing several volumes of poetry, Johnson has written short stories for The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. He has written the novels Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Already Dead. Johnson was the recipient of an Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and the Robert Frost Award. Johnson has also received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation. His novel, Tree of Smoke (2007), won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Johnson's novel, Train Dreams (2012) received a Pulitzer Prize nomination.

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