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- DescriptionFew people who have been slave to an addiction as vicious, as destructive, and as unrelenting as Colin Broderick's have lived to tell their tale. Fewer still have emerged from the darkest depths of alcoholism from the perpetual fistfights and muggings, car crashes and blackouts to tell the harrowing truth about the modern Irish immigrant experience. Orangutan is the story of a generation of young men and women in search of identity in a foreign land, both in love with and at odds with the country they've made their home. So much more than just ather memoir about battling addiction, Orangutan is an odyssey across the unforgiving terrain of 1980s, '90s, and post-9/11 America. Whether he is languishing in the boozy squalor of the Bronx, coke-fueled and manic in the streets of Manhattan, chasing Hunter S. Thompson's American Dream from San Francisco to the desert, or turning the South into his beer-soaked playground, Broderick plainly and unflinchingly charts what it means to be Irish in America, and how the grips of heritage can destroy a man's soul. But brutal though Orangutan may be, it is ultimately a story of hope and redemption it is the story of an Irish drunk unlike any you've met before.
- Author BiographyCOLIN BRODERICK was raised Irish Catholic in the heart of Northern Ireland. In 1988, at the age of twenty, he moved to the Bronxto drink, work construction, and pursue his dream of becoming a writer.For the next twenty years, as he drank himself into oblivion: there were failed marriages, car wrecks, hospitals and jail cells. Few people who have been a slave to an addiction as vicious, destructive, and unrelenting as Broderick's have lived to tell their tale. Orangutan is the story of an Irish drunk unlike any you've met before. Broderick has written a play, Father Who, and published articles in The Irish Echo, The Irish Voice, and The New York Times.
- Author(s)Colin Broderick
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- Date of Publication09/09/2010
- SubjectBiography: General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThree Rivers Press
- Out-of-print date23/11/2015
- Weight259 g
- Width132 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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