Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, representing prizewinners and bestsellers. He had a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends. Seemingly out of the blue, he embarked on a two-month crack binge and flung everything away--his home, his money, his career, and very nearly his life. What is it that makes an exceptional young mind want to disappear?
Clegg's stunning prose makes clear the attraction of the drug that had him in its thrall, scene after scene capturing 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. It also explores the shape of addiction, how its pattern--not its cause--can be traced to the past. Lyrical, irresistible, harsh and honest, PORTRAIT OF AN ADDICT AS A YOUNG MAN is written in the line of William Burroughs's Junkyand, Jean Genet's A Journey Into Night. It is an utterly compelling narrative from which you simply cannot look away.
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Back Bay Books
June 14, 2010
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