Three Books

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Angels by Denis Johnson. 1989 Vintage Contemporaries trade paperback. Cover design by Lorraine Louie. Cover illustration by Chris Moore.

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Fiskadoro by Denis Johnson. 1986 Vintage Contemporaries trade paperback. Cover design by Lorraine Louie. Cover illustration by Rick Lovell.

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The Stars at Noon by Denis Johnson. 1988 Vintage Contemporaries trade paperback. Cover design by Lorraine Louie. Cover illustration by Rick Lovell.

7 thoughts on “Three Books”

    1. I don’t think THE STARS AT NOON is essential, but I read it years ago. Didn’t leave the same impression on my as TREE OF SMOKE, ANGELS, or TRAIN DREAMS (and obv JESUS’ SON). FISKADORO has a fascinating milieu, and I pulled it out in part to scan through it (for some depictions of Florida/sorta Florida, for something else). It’s a post-apocalypse novel.

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  1. Re: Angels

    Is Jamie Mays an African-American woman or white-American woman? That King Penguin cover makes its assumption. If Jamie is a woman of color, the fact Bill’s family makes zero comment about it is unrealistic. I believe Jamie is living in Oakland, CA, but from… West-Virginia?

    And, does it matter? Her journey is universal.

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  2. Or even a blog site or anything devoted to analyzing Denis Johnson’s writing. He is a God to me. His writing is like a religious experience for me, and I want to dive into everything there is about him (I have all his novels and poetry, and I’ve ordered Seek). I want to make it out to the Harry Ransom Center in Austin sometime; that’s where his written records are kept.

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