Johnson finished off one final (and brilliant) story collection before his death last year

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We lost one of the great writers of his generation last year, but before his death, Denis Johnson finished off one final, brilliant short story collection.

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, out Jan. 16, is named after one of the five stories included in the book. The titular tale is a humane and profound vision of late middle-age, divided into 10 sections. Originally published by the New Yorker in March 2014, “Largesse” was the product of more than seven years of work and was met with swift acclaim. Along with the other stories featured in the book, it beautifully indicates Johnson’s singular voice, the way he contemplated the past and edges toward the cosmic.

He finds a fitting artistic partner in audiobook veteran Nick Offerman. In an audio excerpt exclusive to EW, Offerman reads from the first two sections of “Largesse” with the same kind of melancholy deadpan that’s made the actor a household name. In the official Largesse audiobook, he contributes story readings along with Michael Shannon, Dermot Mulroney, Will Patton, and Liev Schreiber.

Listen to the Largesse of the Sea Maiden excerpts read by Offerman below, and pre-order the book here.