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Jesus' son

by Johnson, Denis, 1949-2017

Format: Book on CD 2009
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Audiovisual Collection IN TRANSIT
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Audiovisual Collection
Recently adapted for the screen, this now-classic collection of ten stories from the author of Resuscitation of a Hanged Man and Angels is narrated by a young man, a recovering alcoholic and heroin addict whose dependencies have led him to petty crime, cruelty, betrayal, and various kinds of loss.
Car crash while hitchhiking
Two men
Out on bail
Dirty wedding
The other man
Happy hour
Steady hands at Seattle General
Beverly Home.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Johnson's star is on the ascent. Though not vast, his output of novels and poetry has garnered much applause. Now Johnson extends the parameters of his achievement in this collection of short stories. The 11 stories presented here are linked by their common narrator, a down-and-out fellow who is often inebriated, a sometime felon, and a consistent roustabout. Eloquent simplicity--of narrative form and sentence structure--is Johnson's calling card as he places his antihero in contexts perfectly appropriate to his life-style: car wrecks, bar brawls, drug deals, and burglary. "He was in his fifties. He'd wasted his entire life. Such people were very dear to those of us who'd wasted only a few years," says the narrator about a friend; and the theme of wastedness that pervades all these pieces is, in the hands of such a resonant and amusing writer as Johnson, ironically ingratiating. ~--Brad Hooper"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Taking its title from a line in Lou Reed's notorious song ``Heroin,'' this story collection by with-it novelist Johnson focuses on the familiar themes of addiction and recovery. In his novels ( Angels ; Resuscitation of a Hanged Man ) Johnson has shown his ability to transform the commonplace into the extraordinary, but this volume of 11 stories is no better than, and often seems inferior to, the self-destruction/spiritual rehab books currently crowding bookstore shelves. All of the tales, set in the Midwest and West, are told by a single narrator, and while this should provide unity and depth, instead it makes the stories fragmentary and monotonous. Some disturbing moments do recall Johnson at his inventive best, as when a peeping Tom catches sight of a Mennonite man washing his wife's feet after a marital spat in ``Beverly Home,'' or when the narrator 'fesses up to his fright in a confrontation with the boyfriend--``a mean, skinny, intelligent man who I happened to feel inferior to''--of a woman he's fondling in ``Two Men.'' But for the most part the stories are neurasthenic, as though Johnson hopes the shock value of characters fatally overdosing in the presence of lovers and friends will substitute for creativity and hard work from him. Even the dialogue for the most part lacks Johnson's usual energy. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Drug addicts -- United States -- Fiction.
Drug addicts -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- Fiction.
Drifters -- United States -- Fiction.
Young men -- United States -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Macmillan Audio,2009
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Patton, Will.
Macmillan Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Will Patton.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 3 audio discs (3 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781427205711
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