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.
"[Johnson's] grace and style are frequently highlighted by the incongruity of his plot twists and character development....While it's easy to be amused by Johnson's deft narrative talents, readers will also be moved by this burdened, melancholy tale." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Denis Johnson is the author of The Name of the World, Already Dead, Jesus' Son, Fiskadoro, The Stars at Noon, and Angels. His poetry has been collected in the volume The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly. He is the recipient of a Lannan Fellowship and a Whiting Writer's Award, among many other honors for his work. He lives in northern Idaho.