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Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and his relapse would cost him his home, his money, his career, and very nearly his life.

What is it that leads an exceptional young mind want to disappear? Clegg makes stunningly clear the attraction of the drug that had him in its thrall, capturing in scene after scene the drama, tension, and paranoiac nightmare of a secret life--and the exhilarating bliss that came again and again until it was eclipsed almost entirely by doom. He also explores the shape of addiction, how its pattern--not its cause--can be traced to the past.

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man is an utterly compelling narrative--lyrical, irresistible, harsh, honest, and beautifully written--from which you simply cannot look away.

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Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man
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Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man
April 11th, 2013
Memoirs can be fascinating, especially those that deal with addiction. This one has its moments, and is fairly well written. The disjointed timeline helps the reader feel his anxiety and diminishing grip on reality. The ending was abrupt and unsatisfying, but it seems a bit unfair to judge another person's journey it is for him what it is.
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