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Jernigan has stayed with me long after I read the last page. The prose is spare and gorgeous and immediate. The story is harrowing and hilarious. David Gates is a true master.Published 8 days ago by Kimberly Chisholm
Not an easy read, tough to follow the story of addiction. Recommended on NPR, worth the read.Published 25 days ago by Harry Brown
This book is mildly entertaining, although very dated. I guess one of the reasons I purchased it was because of the NJ setting, but it doesn't figure in much. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mountainmama
Most realistic first person narrative writer since Heller.
There but for the grace of God go I. What a story.
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This book was recommended to me personally by the author Gary Schteyngart. A very dark book, about the lengthy collapse of a husband/father's life, Jernigan nevertheless shines... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter J. Maerz
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 7 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 12 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 17 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