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Every boy must face the loss of his childhood innocence. Every son must reconcile his family's imperfections. Rarely are those tasks so arduous and painful as is revealed in Goolrick's unforgettable memoir.
The End of the World as We Know It paints an indelible portrait of a seemingly idyllic Southern college town in the 1950s. The Goolricks were a showroom couple who were "madly in love and did nothing but have fun." Their home was a magical place, especially at cocktail hour, with ice clinking in highball glasses and jokes lobbed around like a badminton shuttlecock. But this charming façade masked a desperate unhappiness and one unmentionable family secret: the memory of an alcohol-induced moment that forever altered the trajectory of a young man's life. Thrown into adulthood before his time, emotionally adrift from his parents, who refused to acknowledge the harm done, Goolrick carried the family secret until it drove him to despair and an attempted suicide.
Filled with a sharp humor that leavens the horror and lingering anger, Goolrick has crafted a brutally honest memoir that spares neither himself nor his family. The End of the World as We Know It is a work of remembrance that finally forgives, yet never forgets. (Summer 2007 Selection)