Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing

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Publisher Description

This program is read by the author.


The beloved star of
Friends takes us behind the scenes of the hit sitcom and his struggles with addiction in this candid, funny, and revelatory memoir that delivers a powerful message of hope and persistence.

“Hi, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.”

So begins the riveting story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us along on his journey from childhood ambition to fame to addiction and recovery in the aftermath of a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who traveled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his separated parents; fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who nabbed a coveted role as a lead cast member on the talked-about pilot then called Friends Like Us. . . and so much more.

In an extraordinary story that only he could tell—and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way only he could tell it—Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his own devices), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled even by his greatest dreams coming true. But he also details the peace he’s found in sobriety and how he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his castmates and other stars he met along the way. Frank, self-aware, and with his trademark humor, Perry vividly depicts his lifelong battle with addiction and what fueled it despite seemingly having it all.

Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and eye-opening—as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and uproariously funny, this is the audiobook fans have been waiting for.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books.

Biographies & Memoirs
Matthew Perry
hr min
November 1
Macmillan Audio

Customer Reviews

Anyalira23 ,


Matthew Perry once said that this book is dark so bring a flashlight. He was not kidding, even though he made us laugh so many times on the show “Friends”. Matthew Perry shows us that even in our darkest time we can still find the light. There is still hope and with that it gives us courage and strength. Thank you to him for sharing his horrific story. It is truly a read for anyone that has gone through traumatic experiences and for those that seek help in sobriety.

jorden boo ,

Thank you Mathew!

This is such a good book. I will reread this book many more times for many more years. I’m not an addict, but I’ve loved someone who is. I started listening to this book as a fan from friends. As a therapist. And it just gave me more insight to the awful disease no one deserve to suffer with. Thank you Mathew for sharing parts of your story! I have no words to describe what this has done for me.

sydney J J ,

Incredibly eye opening and humbling

I was never aware of the extensive damage that can be made in your life when drugs are holding you hostage. I guess I’m one of the lucky ones who has never been faced with the decision to choose between drugs and my happiness. I want to say thank you to Matthew Perry for enlightening me. Judgement is the root of evil. I am partially saddened, yet simultaneously happy to say that I judged him initially for drug use. I say I am partially saddened because before listening to his testimony, I judged Matthew Perry for never being able to get his act together. It seems to be quite easy to point the finger from the outside looking in. Now, I’m happy to say that I feel as if I understand him and others out there who are struggling at the hands of drug abuse. Let us all use this book as an example of why it is crucial to check in on your people. Perspective is everything. Thank you Matt.

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