Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award
“Among the great American literary memoirs of the past century. . .a riveting portrait of an era. . .Johnson captures this period with deep clarity and moving insight.” – Dwight Garner, The New York Times
During the charmed years of the late Fifties, as a cultural revolution blossomed in downtown New York, Joyce Johnson was part of an extraordinary circle that included Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi and Hettie Jones, Gregory Corso, Robert Frank, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline. Twenty-one-year-old Johnson was living with Kerouac when he became famous overnight in September 1957 with the publication of On the Road. Minor Characters starts as a moving story of adolescent rebellion, and then becomes a fascinating meditation on the relations between the sexes.