Denis Johnson (1949-2017) is the author of eight novels, one novella, one book of short stories, three collections of poetry, two collections of plays, and one book of reportage. His novel Tree of Smoke won the 2007 National Book Award.
Lowlifes have never had it this good. Will Patton delivers a flawless reading of Johnson's novel of life on the lam. Patton, whose narration of Johnson's Book of Smoke was honored with an Audie Award, lowers his voice to a purring world-weary, chain smoking growl. He embodies each character with absolute authority--gambling addict Jimmy Luntz, on the run from kingpin Juarez, Juarez's bumbling strongman Gambol and the alcoholic karaoke aficionado, Anna Desilvera, who has the FBI on her tail. Listeners will be hooked--and quite possibly in stitches--from the first sentence of Patton's virtuosic performance. A Farrar, Straus & Giroux hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 12). (Apr.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"The God I want to believe in has a voice and a sense of humor like Denis Johnson's." --Jonathan Franzen"We can hearTwain in [ Johnson's] bitter irony, Whitman in his erotic excess . . . An amazingly talented writer." --Vince Passaro, Newsday"Good morning and please listen to me: Denis Johnson is a true American artist." --Jim Lewis, The New York Times Book Review