A suspenseful account of an addict's journey to recovery, by a writer "as intoxicated by language as he was by crack." (A.L. Kennedy)
The goal is ninety. Just ninety clean and sober days to loosen the hold of the addiction that caused Bill Clegg to lose everything. With seventy-three days in rehab behind him he returns to New York and attends two or three meetings each day. It is in these refuges that he befriends essential allies including the seemingly unshakably sober Asa and Polly, who struggles daily with her own cycle of recovery and relapse.
At first, the support is not enough: Clegg relapses for the first time with only three days left. Written with uncompromised immediacy, NINETY DAYS begins where PORTRAIT OF AN ADDICT AS A YOUNG MAN ends—and tells the wrenching story Clegg's battle to reclaim his life. As any recovering addict knows, hitting rock bottom is just the beginning.
PUB DATE: 4/10/2012 PRICE: $24.99/$27.99CAN ISBN: 9780316122528
The compulsively readable memoir of crack addiction that's "both harrowing and hopeful: a triumph." (People)
Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, representing a growing list of writers. He had a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and his relapse would cost him his home, his money, his career, and very nearly his life.
What is it that leads an exceptional young mind want to disappear? Clegg makes stunningly clear the attraction of the drug that had him in its thrall, capturing in scene after scene the drama, tension, and paranoiac nightmare of a secret life—and the exhilarating bliss that came again and again until it was eclipsed almost entirely by doom. He also explores the shape of addiction, how its pattern—not its cause—can be traced to the past.
PORTRAIT OF AN ADDICT AS A YOUNG MAN is an utterly compelling narrative—lyrical, irresistible, harsh, honest, and beautifully written—from which you simply cannot look away.
"It turns out there is room on the shelf for one more addiction memoir…Clegg spares no one's feelings, least of all his own; it's not the brutality that makes this worthwhile but rather the strange beauty of the stream-of consciousness prose." -Mickey Rapkin, GQ
PUB DATE: 8/8/2011 PRICE: $14.99/$16.99CAN ISBN: 9780316054669