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Publisher's Summary

25 years after Jesus' Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on mortality and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important writers of his generation, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves.

Finished shortly before Johnson's death, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.

Audiobook Table of Contents:

"The Largesse of the Sea Maiden," read by Nick Offerman

"The Starlight on Idaho," read by Michael Shannon

"Strangler Bob," read by Dermot Mulroney

"Triumph Over the Grave," read by Will Patton

"Doppelgänger, Poltergeist" read by Liev Schreiber

Advance praise for The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

"Mesmerizing... psychologically revelatory, spiritually inquisitive, and grimly funny stories... Johnson will be remembered and revered as an incisive storyteller fluent in the comedy and tragedy of human confusion and the transcendence of compassion." - Booklist (starred review)

"American literature suffered a serious loss with Johnson's death. These final stories underscore what we'll miss.... Johnson is best known for his writing about hard-luck cases - alcoholics, thieves, world-weary soldiers. But this final collection ranges up and down the class ladder; for Johnson, a sense of mortality and a struggle to make sense of our lives knew no demographic boundaries." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An instant classic... A masterpiece of deep humanity and astonishing prose... It's filled with Johnson's unparalleled ability to inject humor, profundity, and beauty - often all three - into the dark and the mundane alike. These characters have been pushed toward the edge; through their searches for meaning or clawing just to hold on to life, Johnson is able to articulate what it means to be alive, and to have hope." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

©2018 Denis Johnson (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"The God I want to believe in has a voice and a sense of humor like Denis Johnson's." (Jonathan Franzen)
"Denis Johnson was the best American writer of the past 25 years." ( New Republic)
"A true American artist...a revelator for this still new century." ( The New York Times)

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RIP Denis Johnson

Amazing narration, amazing work. This a great collection of stories from a late master of the form. For fans of Denis Johnson you’ll find something familiar yet truly original.

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A master of fiction--an all-star cast of narrators

Denis Johnson passed last year, but left us with this one last beautiful example of his wonderful writing. His stories are so refined, and transition so effortlessly, that there is often no noticeable distinction between the emotions they elicit. You might find yourself laughing at death, or worried for one of Johnson’s characters' untimely success. In this subtle way Johnson shocks his listeners into what I would guess is awareness, or clarity. At the very least, you can tell a book is good when it gets this many all-star narrators (Nick Offerman, Michael Shannon, Dermot Mulroney, Will Patton, and Liev Schreiber). They leave no stone of Johnson’s lyrical prowess unturned or unpolished.

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