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Apology to the Young Addict: A Memoir

Apology to the Young Addict: A Memoir - James Brown

Apology to the Young Addict: A Memoir


Husband, addict, father, skeptic. Now sixty―with years of sobriety under his belt―the celebrated author of The Los Angeles Diaries and This River returns with his most moving work yet.

Opening with the tragic tale of an elderly couple consumed by opioid addiction and moving through the horrors of a Las Vegas massacre to the loss of a beloved sponsor, these essays draw on Brown's personal journey to illustrate how an individual life, in all its messiness and charm, can offer a blueprint for healing. From writing about finding a new path in life while raising three sons, to making peace with the family whose ghosts have haunted him, and helping the next generation of addicts overcome their disease, this haunting and hopeful book is a reinvention of the recovery story and a lasting testimony from the master of the modern memoir.

"The third panel in Brown's masterwork triptych on addiction from youth to sixty, Apology to the Young Addict also accomplishes at last a staggeringly rare mercy―on the ghosts of memory, the ravages of disease, the brutal hypocrisies of religion, and finally―most shockingly―on himself." ―Gina Frangello, author of Every Kind of Wanting and A Life in Men

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Husband, addict, father, skeptic. Now sixty―with years of sobriety under his belt―the celebrated author of The Los Angeles Diaries and This River returns with his most moving work yet.

Opening with the tragic tale of an elderly couple consumed by opioid addiction and moving through the horrors of a Las Vegas massacre to the loss of a beloved sponsor, these essays draw on Brown's personal journey to illustrate how an individual life, in all its messiness and charm, can offer a blueprint for healing. From writing about finding a new path in life while raising three sons, to making peace with the family whose ghosts have haunted him, and helping the next generation of addicts overcome their disease, this haunting and hopeful book is a reinvention of the recovery story and a lasting testimony from the master of the modern memoir.

"The third panel in Brown's masterwork triptych on addiction from youth to sixty, Apology to the Young Addict also accomplishes at last a staggeringly rare mercy―on the ghosts of memory, the ravages of disease, the brutal hypocrisies of religion, and finally―most shockingly―on himself." ―Gina Frangello, author of Every Kind of Wanting and A Life in Men

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