Two-Way Traffic

Two-Way Traffic

Two-Way Traffic

Two-Way Traffic


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First-ever paperback edition of Joel Lieber's posthumously-published 1972 semi-autobiographical novel Two-Way Traffic. Set in the late 1960s and early 1970s and presented as a series of journal extracts, it is the harrowing portrayal of a young, successful writer's efforts to reassemble a life shattered by marital problems, a bitter custody battle, depression, anxiety, and a suicide attempt. The novel is a barely fictionalized account of the author's last two years and is a frank, often heartbreaking work, but not without brilliant flashes of humor, genuine warmth, and optimism.

From the dust jacket of the 1972 edition:

Jessie Jacobi had built a successful life as a writer: well-received books, attractive wife, two children. Then it all began to crumble. His marriage collapsed. His writing lost its unity and direction. A decision, any decision, became all but impossible.

"In the second year of my third decade, someone else has come to live inside me, and I hate that visitor," he writes in one of the journals that make up this novel. Beginning with Jesse's collapse, the journals record his often indecisive struggle with that unwelcome visitor-through a suicide attempt and the subsequent search for new friends, new beliefs, and a new understanding of himself.

Joel Lieber has written a frank and penetrating novel, an intensely personal chronicle of one man's journey into the depths of his own mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798218223137
Publisher: Tough Poets Press
Publication date: 08/15/2023
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 791,166
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.61(d)
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