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Jesse's Ghost: A Novel

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Everybody loved Jesse. Boys wanted to be him--or beat him--and girls wanted to be with him. In a place where fist fighting was a noble sport, and drinking and sex were the only forms of cheap entertainment for teenagers, Jesse was the toughest kid in the valley. Until he was murdered by his best friend.

Told without nostalgia or sentimentality, Jesse's Ghost is a powerful n

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Heyday
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Lauren Albert
Mar 16, 2012 Lauren Albert rated it it was amazing
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A powerful novel about love and regret. It is spare like an ecosystem is spare--nothing can be added or removed without upsetting the balance. A reviewer said that this is a "man's book" but I don't agree anymore than I think Jane Austen's novels are "women's books." There are certainly things I can't relate directly to--though I think more because of class and culture than gender--but we've all loved, done things we regretted, felt loss. And Bergon conveys these things, and the characters that ...more
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Nov 12, 2013 Kkraemer rated it liked it
This is the story of ghosts who walk the fields, bars, and cars of California's Central Valley. Descendants of the Oklahoma migration of the '30's, Sonny, Jesse, and their friends work hard to raise the crops that we all eat. They work hard, cuss hard, chase women hard, and drink a lot. They are friends who fight without boundaries and then make up to go and do it all again.

For Jesse, Sonny, and their families, there is no sense of building toward a future other than living the way they've alway
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Naomi
Sep 13, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it
This book was different than what I thought it was going to be. I enjoyed this book on multiple fronts. A word of caution I would add is that this is def. a guys book. I could see some women panning it for the language and subject matter. It can be pretty crass in its' descriptors at times.
Peg Lotvin
Jan 21, 2012 Peg Lotvin rated it it was ok
What a sad book. Young men mostly from broken alcoholic families growing up with little or no direction. The saddest part is their total disregard for the women in their lives except as items to be seen with or to steal from one another. And that is why Jesse is a ghost.
Mark Wright
Aug 23, 2011 Mark Wright rated it really liked it
Very good. Tough, tough people growing up just miles from where I did but in a different world. Descriptions of farming life in the Valley are very vivid.
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Bored in the first 20 pages. Lamesauce.
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