Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson

Find in catalogThis is a small book of short stories, but most of them pack quite a punch. Often set in the world of drugs and alcohol and harsh times, still the writing is very, very good. Intense at times, aching with the barren world at others. There are times when the use of words makes it worth slogging through — “under a sky as blue and brainless as the love of God.” Or “The torn moon mended. Our fingers touching away the tears. It was there.” I recommend this book, but be ready. “And sometimes a dust storm would stand off in the desert, towering so high it was like another city — a terrifying new era approaching, blurring our dreams.”