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Jernigan

(1991)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Peter Jernigan's life is slipping out of control. His wife's gone, he's lost his job and he's a stranger to his teenage son. Worse, his only relief from all this reality - alcohol - is less effective by the day. And when the medicine doesn't work, you up the dose. And when that doesn't work, what then? (Apart from upping the dose again anyway, because who knows?)

Jernigan's answer is to slowly turn his caustic wit on everyone around him - his wife Judith, his teenage son Danny, his vulnerable new girlfriend Martha and, eventually, himself - until the laughs have turned to mute horror. But while he's busy burning every bridge back to the people who love him, Jernigan's perverse charisma keeps us all in thrall to the bitter end.

Shot through with gin and irony, Jernigan is a funny, scary, mesmerising portrait of a man walking off the edge with his eyes wide open - wisecracking all the way.


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May 1992 : UK Hardback
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Title: Jernigan (Picador Books)
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ISBN: 0-330-32126-9 / 978-0-330-32126-6 (UK edition)
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May 1991 : USA Hardback
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Title: Jernigan
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August 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Jernigan (Serpent's Tail Classics)
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ISBN: 1-78125-490-7 / 978-1-78125-490-5 (UK edition)
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October 1995 : Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Jernigan
Author(s): David Gates
ISBN: 2020210711 / 978-2020210713
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November 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: Jernigan
Author(s): David Gates
ISBN: 0-330-32127-7 / 978-0-330-32127-3 (UK edition)
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March 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: Jernigan
Author(s): David Gates
ISBN: 0-679-73713-8 / 978-0-679-73713-1 (USA edition)
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August 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Jernigan (Serpent's Tail Classics)
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September 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Jernigan (Vintage Contemporaries)
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