“This posthumously published book of short stories is the long-awaited follow-up to Johnson’s “Jesus’ Son” (1992), perhaps the most influential and beloved volume of American short stories of the past three decades.”
Featured in New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2018.
“Nobody ever wrote like Denis Johnson, the hardcore minimalist author who died last May at 67. His last book might be the best one he ever wrote – it’s an unceasingly bleak but beautiful collection of short stories, focusing on the lost, the hurting and the downtrodden.”
Featured in NPR’s Best Books of 2018.
The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden: Stories is a collection of short stories on the transience of life and transcendence authored by National Book Award winner and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Denis Johnson. The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden: Stories was completed just before the author’s demise and was published posthumously. Johnson was the author of nine novels, three poetry collections, two plays collections, two short stories books, one book of reportage and one novella. The work of the author will live on for many years to come.
The collection of short stories is authored in radiant prose that catapulted the late Denis Johnson to become one of the most essential and widely-loved authors of his generation. With the collection of the short stories, the writer ventures in a different territory reflecting on the ghosts of the past and the unanticipated and the indefinable ways the secrets of the universe assert themselves. As they narrate their stories, the characters are often restricted to one place – the kitchen table, a couch, or even prison – and they speak out about their limitations and hopes. All the narrators have faults, about which they are at least semi-aware.
The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden: Stories was a national bestseller and named one of the ten best books of 2018 by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, AV Club, and Vulture. The book was positively reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, NPR, New York, Entertainment Weekly, BOMB Magazine, among others.