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The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
January 16, 2018  /  224 pages  (is this book fiction or nonfiction?)
Twenty-five years after Jesus’ Son, a haunting new collection of short stories on aging, mortality, and transcendence, from National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson
 
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. It follows the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed Jesus’ Son. Written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating old age, mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. Finished shortly before Johnson’s death in May 2017, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.
 
Advance praise for The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

“American literature suffered a serious loss with [Denis] Johnson’s death. These final stories underscore what we’ll miss. . . . Johnson is best known for his writing about hard-luck cases—alcoholics, thieves, world-weary soldiers. But this final collection ranges up and down the class ladder; for Johnson, a sense of mortality and a struggle to make sense of our lives knew no demographic boundaries.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An instant classic . . . A masterpiece of deep humanity and astonishing prose . . . It’s filled with Johnson's unparalleled ability to inject humor, profundity, and beauty—often all three—into the dark and the mundane alike. These characters have been pushed toward the edge; through their searches for meaning or clawing just to hold onto life, Johnson is able to articulate what it means to be alive, and to have hope.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Denis Johnson
 
“Denis Johnson was the best American writer of the past twenty-five years.”New Republic
 
“He was the kind of writer who comes along once in a generation, if that often: a true original, in the same league as Melville and Whitman.”n+1
 
“A true American artist . . . a revelator for this still new century.”The New York Times
 
“The God I want to believe in has a voice and a sense of humor like Denis Johnson’s.”—Jonathan Franzen
 
“Nobody wrote with more brutality and mercy, more hilarity and grace. What a genius he was.”—Elizabeth McCracken
 
“Our most poetic American short-story writer since Hemingway.”—George Saunders
 
“Prose of amazing power and stylishness.”—Philip Roth
 
“When Denis Johnson is justly praised for his voice, I always think, just the one? He has an eerie symphony at his command.”—Karen Russell
 
“His prose tiptoes a tightrope between peace and calamity.”—Anthony Doerr 

“His lonely spaces and stunned lives have a hair-trigger fascination that is American to the core.”—Don DeLillo
 
“Denis Johnson was and is, without question, significant and great.”—Michael Cunningham
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