Waste Books- "Jernigan" by David Gates
Introducing our monthly book club podcast, Waste Books! This month we read David Gates' novel, Jernigan, and discussed it over beers.
Reading Jernigan is like stepping into the mind of a middle-aged man fraught in a tunneling psychosis so abysmally dark, that even the most enthusiastic PTA members would start wishing the titular Jernigan would do more than entertain his self-destruction and snuff out his candle burning at both ends. The protagonist Jernigan fathers, drinks, lusts, maims, remembers, drinks, fucks, hates, forgets and drinks his days away, not so fond about the past or the future or – really anything at all.