Synopses & Reviews
Leonard English, a sad and intense young man recovering from a suicide attempt, moves to the Cape Cod resort of Provincetown to work as a disk jockey cum private detective. On his first day there, he encounters a beautiful young woman and falls desperately in love with her only to find out she prefers those of her own sex to men. English's first assignment, a search for an elusive artist, proves equally frustrating. As winter lengthens and Leonard's anguish mounts, his desperate quests for the artist, for love, for redemption take on an increasingly apocalyptic coloring.
"[W]e sympathize with a character who both courts and dreads his destiny....And we admire a writer who weaves a coherent novel out of wild strands....Johnson is a knowing writer...who drops just enough hints of a self-referential tongue in his cheek." David Gates, Newsweek
"Johnson has the capacity to be a rewarding novelist, but the unrelieved air of gloomy disapproval shrouding Resuscitation of a Hanged Man leaves hero and reader alike feeling condemned, without hope of appeal." Roz Kaveney, The Times Literary Supplement
"At once hilariously funny and profoundly serious, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man is philosophical fiction of the first order and a minor masterpiece of New England local-color literature." Library Journal