Son of a Gun
"Try not to marvel at the bare-knuckle prose, try not to get your heart torn to pieces, try not to feel lost in the scabby, sand-scoured western landscape, try not to fall in love with one of the most beautifully raw, brutally honest memoirs I’ve read—I dare you."
About the Book
In the tradition of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, a brave and unforgettable memoir of a mother-son relationship that is also an unflinching account of a murder and its aftermath.
Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain’s killing in her remote trailer, apparently at the hands of her fifth husband, is a passing curiosity in the local community. But for her twenty- year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into before and after. Years later, he is pulled back to the desert landscape of his childhood on a search to make sense of the unfathomable. What made his mother, an ex-army paratrooper, the type of woman who would stand up to any man except the men she was in love with? What led her to move from place to place until finally she found herself in a desperate and deteriorating situation, living on an isolated patch of land with an unstable ex-cop? Justin decides to confront people from his past and delves into the police records in an attempt to make sense of his mother’s life and death. All the while he tries to be the type of man she would have wanted him to be.
–Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn and The Testament of Mary
–Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn
–Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones, winner of the National Book Award
–Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds
Justin St. Germain was born in Philadelphia in 1981. He attended the University of Arizona and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He lives in Albuquerque and teaches at the University of New Mexico.