Denis Johnson — Already Dead

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Johnson must not think much of Northern Californians, the entire cast of Already Dead is misogynistic, drug addled, possessed by demons, or just flat-out insane. That’s not to say that it’s not an enjoyable read, his use of language is often stunning, it’s just that there isn’t anyone in the book to root for. Halfway through the 435-page novel, I was hoping a tidal wave would just sweep all of them out into the Pacific Ocean. And yet …

I just kept reading.

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