Son of a Gun

by Justin St. Germain

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Son of a Gun Synopsis

In Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001, Debbie St. Germain is found dead in her trailer, apparently murdered by her fifth husband. For her twenty-year-old son, Justin, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into before and after. Long after his mother's death is solved, Justin still sleeps with a loaded rifle under his bed. Ultimately, he sets out into the desert landscape of his childhood in an attempt to make sense of the unfathomable. Justin's journey takes him back to the ghost town of Wyatt Earp and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, to the trailers he and Debbie shared, to the string of stepfathers who were a constant presence in his life. He confronts people from his past and delves into the police records in an attempt to make sense of his mother's life and death. All the while he tries to be the type of man she would have wanted him to be. Brutally honest and beautifully written, Son of a Gun is a brave, unexpected and unforgettable memoir.

Son of a Gun Press Reviews

'Justin St. Germain's spectacular memoir... amplified from a tale of personal loss and grief into a parable for our time and nation... Violence is America's fetish and it's St. Germain's bete noire... If the brilliance of Son of a Gun lies in its restraint, its importance lies in the generosity of the author's insights.'

-Alexandra Fuller, New York Times


'An easy, quick read...but only because it's impossible to put down... Son of a Gun is a raw, compelling read that stays with you beyond the last page.'



'Intelligent and compassionate at every step, Justin St. Germain stares down his troubled Tombstone boyhood, from shooting capguns in the shadow of the OK Corral to piecing together his murdered mother's final moments. A searing story bravely told.'

-Claire Vaye Watkins, author of 'Battleborn'

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ISBN: 9781782390664
Publication date: 02/10/2014
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782390664
Publication date: 2nd October 2014
Author: Justin St. Germain
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Genres: Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Memoirs,

About Justin St. Germain

Justin St. Germain was born in Philadelphia in 1981. He attended the University of Arizona and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He lives in Albuquerque and teaches at the University of New Mexico. Visit his website

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