The ticking is the bomb a memoir

by Flynn, Nick, 1960-

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A dazzling, searing, and inventive memoir about becoming a father in the age of terror.
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Booklist Review: "Flynn continues the saga of his battle with the demons he inherited from his mother, who committed suicide, and his alcoholic, ex-con, sometimes homeless father, the focus of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004). In this finely crafted mosaic of edgy beauty, ambushing drama, and unsparing reflections, Flynn wrestles with the questions of how and why we hurt each other and ourselves, and what pain does to us. Flynn examines his struggles with addiction, his problematic relationships with women, his father's last days, his experiences as an itinerant poet in New York City's public schools, and the impending arrival of his first child within the maelstrom of horrors, grotesquely documented, rising out of Abu Ghraib. When he travels to Istanbul to help collect testimonies of the Iraqi men detained for dubious reasons, tortured, and photographed, he is forced to confront the mystery of brutality. Haunted, compassionate, fearful of failing as a parent, Flynn pursues the deeply disturbing subject of torture into unexpected spheres, seeking understanding of our obsession with power, acceptance of suffering, and transcendent resilience.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Award-winning poet/author Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City) uses his daughter's imminent birth as a springboard to examine personal and political shakiness. Flynn jumps back and forth in covering his rocky childhood (his parents: a distraught, hard-living single mother; an ex-con, mentally wrecked father who was largely absent from Flynn's childhood), his struggles with women and sobriety, and adjusting to his daughter's arrival. Throughout this swirl of heartache and introspection, Flynn becomes obsessed with torture and America's acceptance of it after the infamous photos from Abu Ghraib are released. It's clear that Flynn is lost in his own life, and that he needs to find himself, or at least some stability, not just for his daughter's benefit but for his own. The accompanying narrative structure may isolate those who prefer a more straight-ahead style-the poetic interludes and scattered focus are sometimes more distracting than artistic-but Flynn's life is so volcanic and his writing style so kinetic and punchy that others will be drawn into this gripping personal narrative. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects Flynn, Nick, 1960-
Poets, American Biography
Biography & Autobiography
Publisher Ashland :Blackstone Publishing2010
Contributors Brick, Scott.
OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by Scott Brick.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive WMA Audiobook
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Description 1 audio file : digital
ISBN 9781441715845
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