Driven by restless souls, bad booze, and desperate needs, Jamie and Bill bounce from bus stations to cheap hotels as they ply the strange, fascinating, and dangerous fringe of American life. Their tickets may say Phoenix, but their inescapable destination is a last stop marked by stunning violence and mind-shattering surprise.
Denis Johnson, known for his portraits of America's dispossessed, sets off literary pyrotechnics on this highway odyssey, lighting the trek with wit and a personal metaphysics that defiantly takes on the world.
©2002 Denis Johnson; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
"Denis Johnson is one of our most inventive, unpredictable novelists." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A debut to be celebrated." (Washington Post Book World)
"A small masterpiece... prose of amazing power and stylishness." (Philip Roth)
I loved this book when I read it in college years ago and never forgot some of the integral scenes. Denis Johnson is one of my favorite writers, and this is one of my favorite books of his. His writing style has changed over the years, but this, his first novel, is still one of his best. It can be hard to read for some people because of the subject matter, but it's a piece of literature, not pulp fiction. Give this book a chance if you love great writing.
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