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Another bullshit night in Suck City : a memoir
Nick Flynn
Adult Nonfiction PS3556.L894 Z464 2004

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Flynn's wayward father, a self-styled writer and ex-con, describes his life on Boston's streets as "another bullshit night in Suck City": he hangs out in ATM lobbies, stuffs his coat with newspaper and is often "still drunk from the night before." This biting memoir describes the years poet Flynn (Some Ether; Blind Huber) spent, in his late 20s, working at one of the city's homeless shelters, where his path crisscrossed with his down-and-out father's. In examining their troublesome relationship, Flynn admits to feeling lost, as he turned to alcohol and came close to being on the other side of the shelter admissions booth himself. Punchy language and short chapters make what could otherwise be excessively painful more palatable (e.g., "Fact: In 1839 Dostoyevsky witnessed a mob of peasants attacking his father.... they poured vodka down his throat until he died. Fact: I can watch my father pouring vodka down his own throat any day of the week. My role is to play the son, though I often feel like a mob of peasants"). Although it's depressing, the book never seems hopeless, because readers know the author has succeeded at doing what his father only pretended to do: write, and write well. Agent, Bill Clegg. (Sept.) Forecast: Norton has high hopes for this memoir; they promoted it heavily at BEA and have planned an author tour. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Winner of Guggenheim and Witter Bynner fellowships, poet Flynn (Blind Huber) here offers a memoir that is likely one of the best books you will read in 2004. This nonfiction account weaves back and forth between Flynn's childhood in Scituate, MA, and his time working as a caseworker at the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter in Boston. The narrative moves between these worlds until they collide, and we join Flynn in the present for the final chapters. The memoir addresses Flynn's difficult relationships with his parents his mother committed suicide when Flynn was in college, and his distant father still lives in Boston (as of 2003) and his journey to survive them and, at times, himself. Hilarious and heartbreaking by turns, it has been compared to Conroy's Stop-Time and David Eggers's A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius but is really in a class by itself. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries and essential for libraries supporting a literature program. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/04.] Felicity D. Walsh, Southern Polytechnic State Univ., Marietta, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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