Year of the Cock: The Remarkable True Account of a Married Man Who Left His Wife and Paid the Price

Year of the Cock: The Remarkable True Account of a Married Man Who Left His Wife and Paid the Price

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by Alan Wieder
     
 

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From a powerful new voice in nonfiction comes this electrifying chronicle of a married man who leaves his wife to pursue a carefree bachelorhood - only to plunge into an abyss of shame, regret, and penis envy.

Thirty-year-old Alan Wieder has everything a man could possibly want: a nice home in L.A., a thriving Hollywood career, and to top it all off, a

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From a powerful new voice in nonfiction comes this electrifying chronicle of a married man who leaves his wife to pursue a carefree bachelorhood - only to plunge into an abyss of shame, regret, and penis envy.

Thirty-year-old Alan Wieder has everything a man could possibly want: a nice home in L.A., a thriving Hollywood career, and to top it all off, a beautiful and adoring wife. Then one day in 2005 - the Year of the Rooster - he wakes up with questions: Have I settled down too soon? Am I consigned to a humdrum future of marriage, kiddies, home-cooked meals and hybrid SUVs? How the %&! did this happen to me?

And just like that - after ten years in a committed relationship - Alan decides to walk out on his wife to pursue his fantasy of becoming a hardcore bachelor. Explaining very little, thinking even less, he dives into his exhilarating new single existence - buying a vintage Porsche, moving into a tastefully decorated bachelor pad, ignoring his wife, and bedding as many chicks as possible. However, to Alan's surprise and dismay, becoming a single dude also unleashes in him a torrent of crippling insecurities that he didn't even know he had. And soon, his would-be swingin' bachelorhood is cut short - very short - by a strange and shameful obsession that drives him to utter madness.

Some men leave their wives only to discover that the grass isn't greener. What Alan Wieder discovers - about the perils of newfound freedom, and about his own fragile male psyche - is far more agonizing and wretched. In this riveting and brutally honest memoir, Alan recounts the true story of his impulsive, wild, and ultimately disastrous foray into bachelorhood. A tragicomic tale of betrayal, sexual (mis)adventure, and ultimately redemption, Year of the Cock marks the debut of a remarkably talented new writer.

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Publishers Weekly

In this raucous, shallow, "87% true" memoir, Wieder, producer of such reality TV dreck as My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé, leaves his wife, Samantha, out of boredom; the ball-and-chain discarded, he buys a Porsche, listens to gangster rap and beds a string of young hotties. His second adolescence derails when he develops an obsession with penis size that compels him to measure his member 20 times a day and undertake exercises, gruesomely recounted, gleaned from the online penis-enlargement industry. Wieder is a master of the hip-hop-inflected frat-boy banter, its swagger and misogyny cut with self-deprecation, that Hollywood has made the voice of American masculinity. But his journey from smug self-indulgence through gonzo comeuppance to contrite re-embrace of committed love feels as pat and forced as a reality romance. Rote obsequies aside, Samantha comes off as a pallid drudge, and Wieder's resentment of her and the other needy women who made him "bec[o]me a boyfriend before I ever got to be a boy" never lifts. He remains that most parochial-and uninteresting-of L.A. archetypes: the man who doesn't want to grow up. (July 22)

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Kirkus Reviews
Reality-show producer Wieder plays bachelor and details the ensuing spiral of shame. His memoir opens with the author tugging and pulling at himself in what are later revealed to be a series of PE-as he truncates Penis Enhancement-exercises. In February 2005 (the Year of the Rooster on the Chinese calendar), the author left his wife to seek the life of a swinging single. "Los Angeles is of course a town acrawl with sexy young women," he writes, "even the least desperate of whom I felt confident I could lure home to my tastefully decorated future bachelor pad." Wieder encountered his first stumbling block when it became clear that his best friend was heading to the altar, and thus would be unavailable as his dedicated wingman. "[A]s off-the-leash and totally committed as I was to getting sloppy laid," he writes, "I knew how potent our combined mack would be." Yet he persevered, setting up three dates with three different women over three consecutive nights for his second full weekend of "bachelorhood." Though Wieder claims to have exhibited genius-level smarts in childhood aptitude testing and occasionally drops references to things like poststructuralist texts, the majority of the narrative is dedicated to celebrating his outright decadence and the "many women [he] hoped and planned to fuck." Just when he thought he was "so fucking set," he had an existential crisis, spurred by the Internet release of a sex tape featuring Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. After years of producing shows that humiliated participants for ratings, Wieder-upon hearing Durst's penis described as small and then comparing sizes-felt an emotion he "couldn't identify at first" (turned out to be shame). The authorthen proceeds to describe his pathologically addictive behavior regarding PE. A story and character that's already been fictionalized-with a good deal more compassion-in the TV show Californication. Agent: Pilar Queen, Kimberly Witherspoon/Inkwell Management

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446550802
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/22/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
558 KB

Meet the Author

Alan Wieder is a writer and producer living in Los Angeles.

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Year of the Cock: The Remarkable True Account of a Married Man Who Left His Wife and Paid the Price 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a surprisingly entertaining book and i recommend both men and women read it.
Schamella More than 1 year ago
Hilarious story of a man that came to realize that living the single life wasn't all it was cracked up to be. He also becomes quickly obsessed with what he thinks are his "short comings". Alan Weider is hilarious and also is a very nice, down to earth guy. This is a book that men and women will enjoy. There is some crudeness to it but hello look at the name of the book, no surprises!!