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Publisher Description

Few 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 another 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.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2009
December 29
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Crown
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Rmccoid ,

Wow. A must read !!

Raw, real. Heartbreakingly hilarious and terrifying within paragraphs of each other. I loved That's that, and still think its a great book but Orangutan blows it out if the water.

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