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Jimmy Lagowski Saves the World

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW): Jimmy Lagowski, a young man with a bad burn scar and a rich fantasy life, is the centerpiece of a complex set of interwoven short stories that deal with loss, love, family, and tragedy. Separately, the stories examine intimate moments, such as a father's struggle with sobriety and his wife's possible affair; a girl considering taking th ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 198 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Independent Talent Group, Inc. (first published February 15th 2012)
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Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym)
Oct 10, 2012 Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym) rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-fiction
When you read a friend's writing, you never know what to expect, and even less so how to react. I was pleasantly surprised -- downright thrilled, actually -- that I enjoyed this collection as much as I did.

Pat Pujolas has a transparent way of building scenes so you feel like you're actually there in the environment, lurking as an observer. I found myself admiring the clearness of his imagery. In one story, a bonfire party at a trailer park is so expertly wrought that I could smell the food, hea
Apr 20, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
Great book. Individually, each of the chapters/stories are brilliant on their own. But what makes this entire book engaging is not just how Pujolas manages to weave those stories together—but how that interplay is so nuanced. The fact that everything informs everything else never feels like a gimmick or a device. It never cheats the characters or the story. He respects the intelligence of his audience to put it all together and find meaning for themselves. And the effort is well worth it.
Jan 14, 2013 David rated it it was amazing
This book wasn't exactly what I had been expecting, but I think I liked it better than what I had been expecting. My first impression was that the stories evoked some wonderfully tender emotions, but the situation became much more complicated as each of the stories started sending out beams that reflected on all the other stories. They're linked more than most linked short story collection are. More than just individual stories, they are interdependent portions of a larger, beautiful story. I li ...more
Meg Tuite
Apr 24, 2012 Meg Tuite rated it it was amazing
Pat Pujolas delivers a phenomenal novel-in-stories that is unforgettable!!! If you haven't ordered a copy of this collection then GET ON IT!! "Jimmy Lagowski Saves the World," is one of those books that you don't want to put down and never want to end!!! Pujolas gives us memorable, incredibly visual scenes and characters that prove the most powerful when they direct our vision back to ourselves! We find out more about who we are through these beautiful and tragic characters.
I wish I could give i
T.L. Sherwood
Jun 08, 2013 T.L. Sherwood rated it it was amazing
This book is so well written, well plotted, and has such fantastic characters and circumstances. The more I read, the more I loved.
Barbara Dzikowski
Oct 04, 2012 Barbara Dzikowski rated it it was amazing
A talented writer who yanks you in by the throat. Thought-provoking and well done!
Jules Hucke
Feb 26, 2016 Jules Hucke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary, dark
“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” –Frederick Nietzsche

“Jimmy Lagowski Saves the World” is art.

The nihilists tell us we come from nothing before birth and will return to nothing after death, which means we must determine for ourselves what value there is in existing at all when we’re faced with the cold, hard truth that we will end, likely before we’re ready for it.

Each character in these interwoven stories—all of them poetic, beautiful, insightful and laced with humor—grapples w
Rose Gowen
Mar 20, 2012 Rose Gowen rated it it was amazing
I love this book.

Pat was one of my first important writing friends. Thus, I'm sure nostalgia and fondness affected my reading; but, I am (unfortunately) congenitally competitive and skeptical, and I'm sure those qualities affected my reading, too. Perhaps my rosy glasses and jaundiced eye cancel each other out? Therefore, my review is perfectly objective!

I love this book. It is not quite a novel (it lacks the continuity and unity I expect from a novel), but it is not exactly a story collection e
Molly Bridgeforth
Jul 30, 2013 Molly Bridgeforth rated it really liked it
This book is smart and heartfelt. It is a perfect weekend read that will stick with you for much longer than that. I am going to steal a line from the interview with the author and then apply it to his own work; reading this book will "enrich your experience as a human being." Because, quite simply, it delves into our humanness. The stories within The Story are well developed, but leave you wanting more. The best chapter, in my opinion, was "The Accident in Question" because of lines like this: ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
Read 10/5/13 - 10/8/13
4 Stars - Strongly Recommended, 'specially to fans of interconnected stories
198 Pages

What initially appear as fun, and sometimes quite odd, unconnected short stories soon begin to cross paths with each other and weave themselves into an even more fun, and incredibly more odd, novel-in-stories.

You can tell Pat had a lot of fun building this world in which a horribly burned and suicidal young man finds himself saved by jury duty, of all things, and very possibly possessed by
Levina Goon
Jun 04, 2012 Levina Goon rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
*Received through Goodreads-First reads program
**Review also posted at and

Jimmy Lagowski Saves the World was a collection of short stories that evoked feelings of sadness, empathy, and hope for humanity. The stories eventually revealed how the characters related with each other further into the book which made the read worthwhile. I enjoyed the stories involving the title character, Jimmy Lagowski, the most, including one where his thoughts were revealed answering a
Apr 10, 2012 Christopher rated it it was amazing
DISCLAIMER: I know the author. But that's ok, I liked his book anyway. I kid, I kid.

This is a book that's less about what happens and when, and more about who is involved and what they feel. At a specific time. Mr. Pujolas is very good at pulling the reader into these moments. They end abruptly, but sometimes the immediate aftermath doesn't really matter.

It was a quick read and it left me wanting more. But of course I realize that sometimes it's best to end at edge of the cliff instead of watc
Apr 21, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it
I received this book from the giveaways that Goodreads provides. Thanks goes to the author, Pat Pujolas for sending and autographing his novel. I have to say that usually I enjoy reading books that have happy endings, but I'm learning that I need to explore other types of novels. I was intrigued by the name of this book, Jimmy Lagowski Saves the Day, and happily surprised when I won

Pat Pujolas writes about ordinary people in Midwest America who have undergone heartbreak, loss of loved ones, tra
Mary Dockery
Mar 21, 2012 Mary Dockery rated it it was amazing
This book follows some of the most intriguing characters I've had the luxury of meeting. What works so well about this book is that there is a mystery surrounding each story - we get most of the story, but not all of it - and that mystery is what makes you keep reading. The reader gets to fill in the blanks, and the unanswered questions do not leave you hanging. Instead, the stories work together to create a unique world of self-discovery. It's about healing, moving forward, and understanding wh ...more
Apr 17, 2012 Hill rated it really liked it
A nice compilation of short stories where the characters are interwoven towards the end of the book. All the characters were very well written with rich, distinct personalities and voices. Some flawed, some tragic, some funny. By the end of the book, I was left thinking about how specific moments in our lives can define who we are, how our complicated lives interact with each other, and whether it all means anything in the end. Basically, a pretty good read.
Mar 20, 2012 Trish rated it it was amazing
I'd heard a lot about Pujolas' past novels, but this is the first piece I've been able to get my hands on. And it couldn't have been a better first exposure to his work. I've become a cliche insta-fan. These characters have more depth than most people I know. And the writing is the perfect blend of highly intelligent and easy to digest. Definitely looking forward to his next piece.
Apr 21, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
For a short story, it was good intertwining one that is a fairly fast read. The characters were quite humorous and I did love how the different view points/stories became connected. Overall, it was a pretty good book for a weekend read. By the way, I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Apr 21, 2012 Veronica rated it it was amazing
I won this book in the Goodreads giveaway. I really enjoyed it. I loved the little "a-ha" moments as the connections between the characters were revealed. Many of the characters were so vivid that they are still with me now after finishing the book, and I expect them to remain with me for quite some time.
Jen Knox
Apr 11, 2012 Jen Knox rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories, 2012
This is a good book to read on a stationary bike because it's funny and a bit odd, and it distracted me from the fact I was exercising. The book is well-written, quick-paced, interconnected and thought-provoking without trying too hard or being devisive, and it's just damn good.
Apr 20, 2012 Kristen marked it as to-read
Just received this book after winning a copy in the Goodreads giveaway, and I can't wait to get reading! Thanks so much!
Feb 26, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing
A terrific debut by a wildly talented writer. Pujolas gets inside his characters - funny, sad, utterly human and wholly original - in a way I have not seen. His prose style is startlingly beautiful: bold, smart as hell, and unflinching. His ear for dialogue spot-on. As wonderful as these stories are on their own, woven together they make up one of those most alluring, strange, and refreshingly honest collections I've been lucky enough to read: Jimmy Lagowski Saves the World.
Patricia Geller
Jan 12, 2013 Patricia Geller rated it liked it
I had fun with this quirky book. Fast and strange read. Glad I read it and would again but wouldn't go searching for it unless you grew up in Ohio. If you did, Ohio acts almost like one of the characters and it would make it more compelling. Some of the stories are 5 star. Like that characters show up again and you get to know the bit players in other stories. If you stumble across it, read it.
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Pat Pujolas is the author of "Jimmy Lagowski Saves the World" (Independent Talent Group, 2012). Nominated for a XXXVI Pushcart Prize, Pujolas has been published in Writer's Digest, Great Lakes Review, Connotation Press, and ManArchy magazine. He's also credited with two episodes of MTV's animated series "3-South."
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