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Jesus' Son (1992) [Collection]
by Denis Johnson Rating: Weighted - 8.3 / Average - 8.5 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Jesus' Son, the first collection of stories by Denis Johnson, presents a unique, hallucinatory vision of contemporary American life. 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."


  • Car Crash While Hitchhiking
  • Two Men
  • Out on Bail
  • Dundun
  • Work
  • Emergency
  • Dirty Wedding
  • The Other Man
  • Happy Hour
  • Steady Hands at Seattle General
  • Beverly Home

Original title: Jesus' Son
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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Edition #1: Jesus' Son

Jesus' Son (1992)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "In a world of predictable fiction, Jesus' Son is a point-blank godsend. " L.A. Weekly
  • "His prose... consistently generates imagery of ferocious intensity, much of it shaded with a menacing, even deranged sense of humor..." New York Times Book Review
  • "A work of spare beauty and almost religious intensity." Entertainment Weekly
  • "These tales are told with apparent carelesness, a kind of grinding realism which would suggest that these events are as purposeless as they seem. But at heart Johnson is a metaphysician, and through the luminous windows that startlingly open in the deadpan prose. . .we are bystanders to an act of testimony." USA Today
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Jesus' Son (December 15, 1993)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780060975777
Dimensions: 4.3 x 7.1 x 0.5
Pages: 176

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