John O'Brien

in Oxford, Ohio, The United States
May 21, 1960

April 10, 1994

John O'Brien's first novel Leaving Las Vegas was published in 1990 and made into a film of the same name in 1995.

His other three works were published posthumously.


John O'Brien was born in 1960 and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to Los Angeles in 1982 with his then-wife Lisa. During his lifetime, he was a busboy, file clerk, and coffee roaster, but writing was his true calling. He committed suicide in April 1994 at age thirty-three. His published fiction includes "Leaving Las Vegas," "The Assault on Tony's," and "Stripper Lessons."

"John O'Brien was a stunningly talented writer who created poetry from the most squalid materials."--Jay McInerney, author of "Bright Lights, Big City"

Average rating: 3.9 · 4,417 ratings · 221 reviews · 4 distinct worksSimilar authors
Leaving Las Vegas

3.95 avg rating — 4,018 ratings — published 1990 — 24 editions
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The Assault on Tony's

3.43 avg rating — 185 ratings — published 1996 — 4 editions
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Stripper Lessons

3.58 avg rating — 158 ratings — published 1997 — 7 editions
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3.25 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 2009 — 4 editions
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“Let go and fuck God.”
John O'Brien, Leaving Las Vegas

“Together they stroke the silence.”
John O'Brien, Leaving Las Vegas

“He sits at the filthy bar and silently witnesses the change of watch from his will to his independently operating motor skills.”
John O'Brien, Leaving Las Vegas

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