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The beauty of this debut work of David Gates in 1991 is the wholesale "don't give a damn" attitude that many American men today instinctively adopt as they adapt to the high stress... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Moody
The book was set in the middle west during the fifties. My experience of the fifties was much different. Perhaps life in California was a bit more relaxed.Published 7 months ago by P.A.W.
David Gates' Jernigan worms his way in and out of your heart with a distinctive voice that's impossible to forget. This novel churns with wit and pain like nothing I've ever read.Published 12 months ago by rsmccarthy
A lovely romp, filled with romance and adventure, wonderfully witty and wise by late 20th century standards in which achievement shares the same first letter with alcohol,... Read morePublished on April 24, 2011 by M. Greenberg
Captures consciousness like few books do. Ripped through this in a day--couldn't help it. Should be on the shortlist of best novels of the past 25 years.Published on October 26, 2010 by M
Jernigan - I just finished it and I'm now wondering whether I've just read a classic or so-so book. Questions similar to those when I'd finished "Catcher in the Rye" - a book which... Read morePublished on August 8, 2006 by Brian Asquith
If you enjoy the first several pages (which are available here on Amazon.com), then you'll probably enjoy the whole book. I certainly did. But it's no masterpiece. Read morePublished on April 18, 2005 by johnshade
This novel is a great exercise in language. Its bleak, unsparing outlook is similar to that of the great Richard Yates. Not to be missed.Published on February 13, 2004 by Martin Jukovsky