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Halfway : a memoir

Author: Tom Macher
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"From a searing new literary voice, a raw, compulsively readable memoir about a young man seeking hope, community, and ultimately recovery from addiction in a series of halfway houses and boys' homes--the first book to so vividly capture this world. In his late teens Tom Macher rebelled against a world that seemed stacked against him. Raised in a broken family and estranged from an absentee father suffering with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Macher, Tom, 1977- author.
Halfway
New York : Scribner, 2018
(DLC) 2017049581
Named Person: Tom Macher
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Macher
ISBN: 9781501112645 1501112643
OCLC Number: 1013496893
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Intro; Dedication; Prologue; Unripe Fruit; A Bastard in the Family; That Piece of Shit Your Father; Then and Now; Boys' Home; Lessons; Bullies; Mexico; The House; One Step Closer; Some of the Brothers; Hostages; The Edge; Calling; Year-Rounders; Los Angeles; Miss A and the Silver Fox; Testimony of Father, Son, and the First of Many; The Trailer Crew, as Explained at a Dinner Party; The Eldorado; Acknowledgments; About the Author; Copyright
Responsibility: Tom Macher.

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"From a searing new literary voice, a raw, compulsively readable memoir about a young man seeking hope, community, and ultimately recovery from addiction in a series of halfway houses and boys' homes--the first book to so vividly capture this world. In his late teens Tom Macher rebelled against a world that seemed stacked against him. Raised in a broken family and estranged from an absentee father suffering with AIDS, Macher turned to alcohol to escape the painful loneliness of his reality. In quick succession, he is kicked out of school, and then his mother's house, sent to a boys' home in Montana, and later, a halfway house in a truck-stop town of Louisiana. It was there that Macher encounters a community of young men struggling to survive--outcasts and thieves, liars and ex-cons, men seeking redemption, men running from the past. As he moves further away from boyhood and embraces a hard-won sobriety, these men--the broken, the hardscrabble, the near gone--become his salvation. Macher captures the trials of sobriety--suicide, death, recovery--and the unusual beauty that forms in the bonds of those who suffer. In visceral, striking prose, he introduces the unforgettable characters he meets along the way, from a former child actor, a young teen struggling with schizophrenia, a tough-love addiction counselor, a sex-addicted social worker, to Matt O, who became Macher's loyal friend and wingman. Raw, disarming, frenetic, and subversive, Halfway is a brutally honest portrait of the world of down-and-out recovering alcoholics, and a story of how, in their darkest hour, these men create the bonds that form a family"--

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