John o brien novelist books
Leaving Las Vegas by John OBrienLeaving Las Vegas, the first novel by John O’Brien, is a disturbing and emotionally wrenching story of a woman who embraces life and a man who rejects it. Sera, a prostitute, and Ben, an alcoholic, stumble together and discover in each other a respite from their unforgiving lives. A testimony to the raw talent of its young author, Leaving Las Vegas is a compelling story of unconditional love between two disenfranchised and lost souls—an overlooked American classic.
John O'Brien and Addiction
A code of allusions and alleles
Back in the late s I was managing editor of Watermark Press, a small literary publishing company located upstairs from Watermark Books, an independent bookstore in Wichita. We had great dreams of creating the kind of publishing experience City Lights created in San Francisco, only in the middle of the country. The company had a serious and committed investor named Bruce Jacobs, a great accounting and shipping director named Candace Duggan, and me—the guy who handled day-to-day affairs, hired sales staff, wrote catalogue copy, approved book design, chose paper, font and layout, and did publicity. A one-man band. We did six books a season, spring and fall, and it was hard work. Watermark made a little money, lost money, eventually closed after ten years or so because of the book climate, shipping costs, publisher consolidations and many, many other causes. But there were brilliant, ineluctable moments along the way and the press produced a number of outstanding books, the value, charm and worth of which remain.