Tree of Smoke

Denis Johnson

I confess I haven’t finished this yet. Indeed I have only recently begun (it’s 614 pages). But this book bursts out of the gate with some of the most muscular and memorable prose I’ve encountered in recent fiction.
It’s the death of JFK, the horror of the Vietnam war, no, the horror of random violence.
The hype surrounding this book is warranted. More about it once I’ve finished. Meanwhile, Tree of Smoke is very highly recommended.

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