A deeply moving memoir of addiction, loss, and survival. This is Hunter Biden’s story of tragedy and trauma, and his journey to overcome it all.
'In his harrowing and compulsively readable memoir, Hunter Biden tells it all with a bravery that is both heartbreaking and quite gorgeous. He starts with a question: Where’s Hunter? The answer is he’s in this book, the good, the bad, and the beautiful.’ Stephen King
When he was two years old, Hunter Biden was badly injured in a car accident that killed his mother and baby sister. In 2015, he suffered the devastating loss of his beloved big brother, Beau, who died of brain cancer at the age of 46. These hardships were compounded by the collapse of his marriage and a years-long battle with drug and alcohol addiction.
In Beautiful Things, Hunter recounts his descent into substance abuse and his tortuous path to sobriety. The story ends with where Hunter is today—a sober married man with a new baby, finally able to appreciate the beautiful things in life.
Although I can find sympathy for addicts I find it hard to reconcile this with what comes across at times as a self-pitying and entitled ‘cleaning of the slate’ narrative. There is no doubt the author suffered some tragic times, as have many others in life, but few have had the opportunities or resources available to him. Between that and the constant fawning over his father and late brother only serves to create an impression of an immature spoiled child looking for attention. I am happy that he feels he is on the road to redemption but remain doubtful over the true motives for writing this book. Time will tell............