Jernigan by David Gates

About the book

From Holden Caulfield to Moses Herzog, our best literature has been narrated by malcontents. To this lineage add Peter Jernigan, who views the world with ferocious intelligence, grim rapture, and a chainsaw wit that he turns, with disastrous consequences, on his wife, his teenaged son, his dangerously vulnerable mistress—and, not least of all, on himself. This novel is a bravura performance: a funny, scary, mesmerizing study of a man walking off the edge with his eyes wide open—wisecracking all the way.

Reviewed by Silk Mill Reading Group:

The central character is self obsessed and the others more sketchily drawn because Jernigan is too busy talking about himself. The style of writing does the job and is convincingly the work of an egomaniac alcoholic.

Star rating: **

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