The A.V. Club’s favorite books of 2018 so far

The first half of 2018 has seen dozens of notable releases: Rachel Kushner’s follow-up to The Flamethrowers, Stephen King’s “It for the Trump era,” a much-buzzed-about debut from Tommy Orange; essay collections from heavyweights like Marilynne Robinson and Zadie Smith; short story collections from favorites John Edgar…

Life and death are weird and wild in Denis Johnson’s The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden

“In the last five years I’ve been arrested about eight times, shot twice, not twice on one occasion but once on two different occasions, etc etc and I think I got run over once but I don’t even remember it.” The narrator of “The Starlight On Idaho” in Denis Johnson’s The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden writes this from an…