Apology to the Young Addict: A Memoir

Apology to the Young Addict: A Memoir

by James Brown
Apology to the Young Addict: A Memoir

Apology to the Young Addict: A Memoir

by James Brown


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640092860
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

James Brown is the author of the critically acclaimed memoirs The Los Angeles Diaries and This River. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and the Nelson Algren Literary Award in short fiction. Brown’s work has appeared in GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Ploughshares, New England Review, and many other publications. He lives in Lake Arrowhead, California.

Table of Contents

The Good Neighbors 3

A Real Disease 33

The Call 47

Iron 61

This Little Girl 67

The Motions 73

The Last House on the Block 91

Leaving Las Vegas 115

Apology to the Young Addict 143

A God of My Understanding 153

This Little Boy 177

Seasons 183

Bone by Bone 207

Stories 227

Acknowledgments 235

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