The Book On One

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    The Book on One is a celebration of writing from all over the world, with five 15-minute excerpts from a single book broadcast each week.

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    Book On One Monday 31 August 2015

    This week’s Book on One is Jernigan by American writer and ex-Newsweek arts journalist David Gates. Recently republished - this novel was a Pulitzer finalist in 1992 and Gates’s first novel. Jernigan is a male mid-life crisis book with tales of alcoholic over-indulgence. Jernigan is a bleakly comic novel about Peter Jernigan, an alcoholic single-parent who has never found a way of connecting with his fifteen-year-old son Danny or indeed any sense of purpose in his own life.


    Danny has been going out with Clarissa, a troubled, monosyllabic girl from school. Danny invites his Dad over to Clarissa’s house to meet her Mum, Martha, who’s also single. He’s being set up with a woman at another backyard party on the anniversary of his wife’s death, but Jernigan doesn’t seem to mind. From here Jernigan's self destructive behaviour plays out to disastrous consequences.

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