Trainsong

By Jan Kerouac, Gerald Nicosia

104 ratings - 3.69* vote

In this searing encore to "Baby Driver," Jan Kerouac continues her full-throttle journey of self-discovery. Haunted by her fahter's legend, Kerouac travels to Oregon, Casablanca, Tangier, London, New York, California, and Mexico as she collects lovers and husbands, indulges in drugs and drink, spends time in odd jobs and jail cells, and keeps the Beat flame alive. In this searing encore to "Baby Driver," Jan Kerouac continues her full-throttle journey of self-discovery. Haunted

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Book details

Paperback, 240 pages
September 3rd 1998 by Da Capo Press

(first published February 1988)

Original Title
Trainsong
ISBN
1560251654 (ISBN13: 9781560251651)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Nate Jordon

This picks up where Baby Driver left off, chronicling Jan's adult life. Here is a more mature Jan, writing this memoir later in life - she comes to grips with her lineage and the absent love of an absent father. That is basically what Jan's two books are about - they are very honest stories about a woman searching for love, acceptance, and approval from men because she never received it from her father. It's tragic that she died in her mid-forties with only two books published and one on the way - she was definitely on her way to defining her position in the literary world as a unique, original voice.

Chris Bogardus

Janet puts Daddy Jack to shame. Read this, a wild life story written by someone I would love to drink coffee with. Jack, you drunken lazy B####, how could you run out on this girl?

Joe Mossa


she wrote better than her father cause she was a 'linear' writer. her father whom ignored her used stream of consciousness writing which style i hate. i study literature as a hobby but maybe i shouldn t cause i don t get many of the classic books that are supposed to be so great. i wasn t an english major so i guess i will suffer infinitely due to my ignorance but i for some reason still enjoy the challenges.

Casey

The book confirms what you probably already knew: Jack Kerouac wasn't Father of the Year. He denied Jan, but I think he would have liked her. She grows up to be like one of his characters; her memoir shows her to be as zany and adventurous and damaged as any of them. Part bullshit artist, part explorer, she tells a story that is always just this side of believable. I really liked it.

Sian Lile-Pastore

Such great writing with a bit of a loose, rambley plot - travelling, bad guys and drinking and reading - meeting up with Allen Ginsberg and a super drunk Richard Brautigan. Why isn't this in print??

Jenny

4.25 I love hearing about Jan's travels and her adventures, although I wish she could have found some peace and stability later in life. Her writing stands on its own.

Donald

A great read the daughter of Jack Kerouac second book about her life and misadventures

Juls

As an avid Jack Kerouac fan I was compelled to learn about his only child and in that learning I was left with a deep sympathy and disappointment in Jan's outcome. Her life was riddled with filling a void left by her famous father that I feel if he was not famous her adult life would have been much brighter. It's a story of a little girl in an adult body constantly blaming her father for her unhappiness and displacement in life. Her attitude for her father flip-flopped constantly, as if she was still the angry child left behind who desperately needed a hug.

Jeff Tucker

Jan was a beautiful, intelligent and adventurous woman who had a difficult childhood and tragic life. She only met her father, Jack Kerouac, twice. He showed no interest in her either time. Jan had some great adventures but drug use and difficulty with relationships were her downfall. I liked this book and her first book "Baby Driver". Her mother, Joan Haverty, also wrote a book called "Nobody's Wife".

Sara

First volume, "Baby Driver", was leaps better.

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