Poet and novelist Denis Johnson received the Whiting Writers Award in 1986, and was also a recipient of the National Poetry Series Award.
"Daring....[A] political novel that disdains politics, [a] philosophical work that rejects all philosophies. Coming just a year after FISKADORO' it suggests that Denis Johnson is one of our most inventive, unpredictable novelists."
From the Publisher
The narrator of this novel is an American woman in Nicaragua. Her mission there is unclear; perhaps she is a reporter for a U.S. magazine, or perhaps she is working for Eyes for Peace. As the plot progresses, she becomes involved with a rough-mannered English businessman whose purpose there is just as mysterious as hers.
The air was getting thick--if you like calling a garotte of diesel and greasy dirt "air"--and so before the burning rain began I stepped into the McDonald's.
Set in Nicaragua in 1984, THE STARS AT NOON is a story of passion, fear, and betrayal told in the voice of an American woman whose mission in Central America is as shadowy as her surroundings. Is she a reporter for an American magazine as she sometimes claims, or a contact person for Eyes for Peace? And who is the rough English businessman with whom she becomes involved? As the two foreigners become entangled increasingly sinister plots, Denis Johnson masterfully dramatizes a powerful vision of spiritual bereavement and corruption.