Son of a Gun: A Memoir

Son of a Gun: A Memoir

Justin St. Germain


NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr by way of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

In the culture of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, a gorgeous memoir of a mother-son dating that also is the searing, unflinching account of a homicide and its aftermath

Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s dying, it seems that by the hands of her 5th husband, is a passing interest. “A real-life previous West homicide mystery,” the neighborhood television announcers intone, whereas barroom gossips giggle cruelly. yet for her twenty-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the road that separates his global into before and after.
 
Distancing himself from the mythical city of his adolescence, Justin makes one other existence a global away in San Francisco and achieves the entire floor successes that will have stuffed his mom with satisfaction. but years later he’s nonetheless drowsing with a loaded rifle lower than his mattress. finally, he's pulled again to the desolate tract panorama of his adolescence on a seek to make experience of the unfathomable. What made his mom, a onetime military paratrooper, the kind of lady who might face up to any guy other than the boys she used to be in love with? What led her to maneuver from position to put, guy to guy, task to activity, till ultimately she came upon herself in a determined and deteriorating state of affairs, residing on an remoted patch of barren region with an risky ex-cop?
 
Justin’s trip takes him again to the ghost city of Wyatt Earp, to the trailers he and Debbie shared, to the string of stepfathers who have been a continuing, occasionally threatening presence in his lifestyles, to a harsh international at the margins jam-packed with women and men all suffering to outline what kin ability. He makes a decision to confront humans from his previous and delve into the police files in an try to make experience of his mother’s lifestyles and dying. the entire whereas he attempts to be the kind of guy she could have sought after him to be.
 
Praise for Son of a Gun
 
“[A] staggering memoir . . . calls to brain others of the prior decade: J. R. Moehringer’s Tender Bar and Nick Flynn’s Another Bull____ evening in Suck City. All 3 are approximately boys turning into males in a damaged international. . . . [What] could have been . . . within the arms of a lesser author, the book’s major element . . . [is] amplified from a story of non-public loss and grief right into a parable for our time and our kingdom. . . . If the brilliance of Son of a Gun lies in its restraint, its value lies within the generosity of the author’s insights.”—Alexandra Fuller, The manhattan instances publication Review

“[A] gritty, mesmerizing new memoir . . . St. Germain has created a piece of austere, luminous good looks. . . . In his understated, eloquent approach, St. Germain makes you're feeling the warmth, flavor the airborne dirt and dust, see these shimmering streets. via the tip of the ebook, you recognize his mom, even if you by no means met her. and prefer the writer, you'll mourn her forever.”NPR
 
“If St. Germain had stopped at reading his mother’s psycho-social probability elements and the way her homicide affected him, this may nonetheless be an outstanding, relocating memoir. yet it’s his extra probing—into the tradition of weapons, violence, and manhood that knowledgeable their lives in his place of birth, Tombstone, Ariz.—that transforms the booklet, raising the stakes from own discomfort to bigger, very important questions of what ails our society.”The Boston Globe
 
“A visceral, compelling portrait of [St. Germain’s] mom and the violent tradition that claimed her.”Entertainment Weekly

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