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Review 'Johnson succeeds so well as to make one eager for more' -- John Sutherland London Review of Books 'A beautifully tragic chronicle' New York Magazine 'Denis Johnson is one of our most inventive, unpredictable novelists' New York Times Book Review 'Johnson knows his people inside out, their lost, lonely, never-had-a-chance lives. He knows how they talk and think, and he makes us know them too' Publishers Weekly 'One of the strongest examples of fiction noir since Robert Stone's first work appeared-with an absence of sentimentality and an overall shape that's perfectly judged, this is one of the most impressive first novels of recent seasons - full of a fiery recoiling kick, the dreadful power of inhuman ugliness and misfortune beyond redemption' Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more From the Back Cover 'Denis Johnson is one of our most inventive, unpredictable novelists.'-- The New York Times Book ReviewThis novel, which suggests a brilliant mixture of William Blake and James M. Cain, established Denis Johnson as a major talent in American fiction, a promise confirmed in his later books Fiskadoro and The Stars at Noon. Jamie Mays and Bill Houston meet on a Greyhound bus. She is fleeing an unfaithful husband and lugging two travel-stained children. He is on the rebound from stints in jail and the navy and looking for 'high old times.' Together, they make an aimless tour of bus stations and cheap hotels from Pittsburgh to Phoenix, their momentum fueled by booze, rage, and corrosive need, their journey a trajectory that leads inexorably to a moment of shattering violence.'A small masterpiece... prose of amazing power and stylishness.'-- Philip Roth'A debut to be celebrated.'-- Washington Post Book World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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