Portrait Of An Addict As A Young Man: A Memoir

Paperback | August 8, 2011

byBill Clegg

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Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, representing a growing list of writers. He had a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and his relapse would cost him his home, his money, his career, and very nearly his life.

What is it that leads an exceptional young mind to want to disappear? Clegg makes stunningly clear the attraction of the drug that had him in its thrall, capturing in scene after scene the drama, tension, and paranoiac nightmare of a secret life-and the exhilarating bliss that came again and again until it was eclipsed almost entirely by doom. PORTRAIT OF AN ADDICT AS A YOUNG MAN is an utterly compelling narrative-lyrical, irresistible, harsh, and honest-from which you simply cannot look away.

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Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, representing a growing list of writers. He had a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and his relapse would cost him his home, hi...

Bill Clegg is a literary agent in New York.Portrait of an Addict as a Young Manis his first book.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:August 8, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316054666

ISBN - 13:9780316054669

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man Memoirs can be fascinating, especially those that deal with addiction. This one has its moments, and is fairly well written. The disjointed timeline helps the reader feel his anxiety and diminishing grip on reality. The ending was abrupt and unsatisfying, but it seems a bit unfair to judge another person's journey it is for him what it is.
Date published: 2013-04-11

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"Many first-time memoirists are motivated by self-serving desires: to make the world notice them or to make the world like them. Neither can be said of Bill Clegg."-Newsweek