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Son of a Gun - A Memoir

Justin St. Germain

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY In the tradition of Tobias Wolff, James Ellroy, and Mary Karr, a stunning memoir of a mother-son relationship that is also the searing, unflinching account of a murder and its aftermath Tombstone, Arizona, September 2001. Debbie St. Germain's death, apparently at the hands of her fifth husband, is a passing curiosity. "A real-life old West murder mystery," the local TV announcers intone, while barroom gossips snicker cruelly. But for her twenty-year-old son, Justin St. Germain, the tragedy marks the line that separates his world into before and after. Distancing himself from the legendary town of his childhood, Justin makes another life a world away in San Francisco and achieves all the surface successes that would have filled his mother with pride. Yet years later he's still sleeping with a loaded rifle under his bed. Ultimately, he is pulled back to the desert landscape of his childhood on a search to make sense of the unfathomable. What made his mother, a onetime army paratrooper, the type of woman who would stand up to any man except the men she was in love with? What led her to move from place to place, man to man, job to job, until finally she found herself in a desperate and deteriorating situation, living on an isolated patch of desert with an unstable ex-cop? Justin's journey takes him back to the ghost town of Wyatt Earp, to the trailers he and Debbie shared, to the string of stepfathers who were a constant, sometimes threatening presence in his life, to a harsh world on the margins full of men and women all struggling to define what family means. He decides to confront people from his past and delve 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. Praise for Son of a Gun "[A] spectacular memoir . . . calls to mind two others of the past decade: J. R. Moehringer's Tender Bar and Nick Flynn's Another Bull____ Night in S

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

6h 53m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

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Chapter 2
Chapter 2

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Chapter 3
Chapter 3

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Chapter 4
Chapter 4

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Chapter 5
Chapter 5

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Chapter 6
Chapter 6

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Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

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Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:20


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

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Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

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Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

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Chapter 21
Chapter 21

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Chapter 22
Chapter 22

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Chapter 23
Chapter 23

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Chapter 24
Chapter 24

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Chapter 25
Chapter 25

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Chapter 26
Chapter 26

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Chapter 27
Chapter 27

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Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

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Chapter 30
Chapter 30

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Chapter 31
Chapter 31

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Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

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Chapter 34
Chapter 34

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Chapter 35
Chapter 35

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Chapter 36
Chapter 36

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Chapter 37
Chapter 37

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Chapter 38
Chapter 38

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Chapter 39
Chapter 39

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Chapter 40
Chapter 40

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Chapter 41
Chapter 41

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Chapter 42
Chapter 42

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Chapter 43
Chapter 43

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Chapter 44
Chapter 44

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Chapter 45
Chapter 45

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Chapter 46
Chapter 46

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Chapter 47
Chapter 47

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Chapter 48
Chapter 48

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Chapter 49
Chapter 49

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Chapter 50
Chapter 50

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Chapter 51
Chapter 51

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Chapter 52
Chapter 52

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Chapter 53
Chapter 53

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Chapter 54
Chapter 54

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Chapter 55
Chapter 55

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Chapter 56
Chapter 56

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Chapter 57
Chapter 57

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Chapter 58
Chapter 58

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Chapter 59
Chapter 59

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Chapter 60
Chapter 60

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Chapter 61
Chapter 61

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Chapter 62
Chapter 62

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Chapter 63
Chapter 63

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Chapter 64
Chapter 64

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Chapter 65
Chapter 65

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