This is the night our house will catch fire : a memoir

by Flynn, Nick, 1960-

Format: Print Book 2020
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When Nick Flynn was seven years old, his mother set fire to their house. The event loomed large in his imagination for years, but it's only after having a child of his own that he understands why. He returns with his young daughter to the landscape of his youth, reflecting on how his feral childhood has him still in its reins, and forms his memories into lyrical bedtime stories populated by the both sinister and wounded Mister Mann.With the spare lyricism and dark irony of his classic, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Flynn excavates the terrain of his traumatic upbringing and his mother's suicide. This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire unravels the story of the fire that Flynn had to escape, and the ways in which, as an adult, he has carried that fire with him until it threatens to burn down his own house. Here Nick confronts his failings with fierce candor, even as they threaten to tear his family apart. His marriage in crisis, Flynn seeks answers from his therapist, who tells him he has "the ethics of a drowning man."This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire takes us on the journey of a man struggling to hold himself together in prose that is raw and moving, sharp-edged and wry. Alternating literary analysis and philosophy with intimate memoir, Flynn probes his deepest ethical dilemmas.
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Booklist Review: ""Fire taught me everything," writes poet Flynn in his fourth searing memoir as he rakes the hot coals of his past in search of the sources of his family's dark afflictions. His rarely seen father has been his primary focus, most recently in The Reenactments (2013); here Flynn casts light on his "feral' childhood with his young, beautiful, depressed mother in a coastal Massachusetts town where she worked two jobs and became entangled with untrustworthy men. One night she set their house on fire while Flynn slept, igniting a conflagration that rages within him still. Flynn's psychologically intricate recollections of boyhood mischief, including spying on a mysterious neighbor; and his mother's travails and suicide cast a fairy-tale spell. The past flares and smokes as Flynn struggles to save his imperiled marriage and to be a good father to his daughter as she reaches seven, the age he was when his house went up in flames. With evocative allusions to science, myth, literature, and film; hallucinatory descriptions, and walking-on-broken-glass intensity, this is a blazing work of confession, grief, wonder, and hope."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this outstanding work, poet and playwright Flynn bookends his first memoir, 2004's Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, with this unsparing look at his early childhood and his mother, who died by suicide when Flynn was 22 years old. He makes a series of visits to his hometown of Scituate, Mass., with his young daughter and describes his solitary childhood spent living with his mother in a small, "ugly" house that she bought after she left Flynn's father. When Flynn was seven years old, his mother set fire to the house, an event he is still trying to understand: "Maybe my mother set our house on fire not merely to collect the insurance money, but simply to see what it was that she was losing." His return trips are not only a chance to tell his daughter "where your father came from" but also to deal with his own unhappiness that led him to cheat on his wife. He comes to a realization that "we are so lost inside ourselves sometimes that it is impossible to think of other people, even those we love." Readers will devour this powerful memoir of letting go. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Flynn, Nick, -- 1960-
Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 278 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781324005544
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