Bill Clegg

  • Bill Clegg est un jeune et talentueux agent littraire New York. Ce livre est le rcit de sa descente dans l'enfer du crack en mme temps que la mise au jour d'une flure d'enfance. Un rcit autobiographique poignant, une oeuvre littraire saisissante.

  • Il en faut peu pour détruire une vie. Un mensonge, une maladie, un accident...
    En une nuit, un incendie a tout enlevé à June : sa fille Lolly, qui allait se marier le lendemain ; Will, son futur gendre ; Luke, son petit ami, et Adam, son ex-mari. Unique survivante et réduite à l'errance, elle traverse le pays en voiture, abandonnant la petite ville du Connecticut où a eu lieu la catastrophe, à la recherche de ce qui la lie encore à Lolly, avec qui ses relations étaient difficiles.

    La voix des habitants, touchés eux aussi par le drame, émerge peu à peu. Il y a Lydia, la mère de Luke, mise au ban de la société en raison d'un scandale passé, il y a Silas, un adolescent qui aime tirer sur son bang de temps en temps, et ce d'autant plus qu'il est le détenteur d'un secret qu'il aimerait oublier. Il y a aussi les commères de la ville, qui voient en Luke un coupable idéal, car ce jeune Noir, de vingt ans le cadet de June, a déjà été incriminé pour une affaire de drogue. Autant de voix, de délicates interférences, qui témoignent de cette tragédie et en explicitent peu à peu les causes.

    Bill Clegg dresse une galerie de portraits subtile et émouvante, dans un roman à la narration complexe qui est avant tout une ode à la famille -celle que l'on a, celle que l'on crée - si imparfaite et fracturée soit-elle. La réflexion qui sous-tend Et toi, tu as eu une famille ? est poignante - comment supporter l'insupportable, comment se remettre d'une telle épreuve ? - et se voit transcendée par l'espoir, la bonté et le pardon.

  • The goal is ninety: just ninety clean and sober days to loosen the hold of the addiction that caused Bill Clegg to lose everything. With seventy-three days in rehab behind him he returns to New York and attends two or three meetings each day. It is in these refuges that he befriends essential allies including the seemingly unshakably sober Asa, and Polly, who struggles daily with her own cycle of recovery and relapse.



    At first, the support is not enough: Clegg relapses for the first time with only three days left, turning his calendar back to day one. Written with uncompromised immediacy, Ninety Days begins where Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man ends - and tells the wrenching story of Bill Clegg's battle to reclaim his life. As any recovering addict knows, hitting rock bottom is just the beginning.

  • This is the story of one of the most gifted, charismatic and successful young literary agents in New York and his catastrophic fall into full-blown crack addiction: a collapse that would cost him his business, his home, many of his friends and - very nearly - his life. An utterly compulsive narrative of extraordinary frankness, we are led through the grimiest back-rooms of Manhattan's underbelly, through scenes of blank-eyed sex and squalor, into the febrile paranoia of a mind gone out of control. The story is intercut with terrifying flashbacks to his childhood, where a secret physical condition triggers shame, psychological abuse, and the beginnings of his hidden life and addictive personality.

    This is not a book about a literary agent, or publishing, or New York - nor is it a book about recovery and redemption - it is a completely compelling, brilliantly written account of how a dynamic young middle-class professional can find himself finally exposed as a helpless addict, de-railed and alone, living for months on a steady diet of crack cocaine and vodka. Written with great literary skill and originality, this is a memoir of disarming honesty and huge emotional power, but it is also, at its heart, a manifest of pure terror.

  • This book of dark secrets opens with a blaze. On the morning of her daughter's wedding, June Reid's house goes up in flames, destroying her entire family - her present, her past and her future. Fleeing from the carnage, stricken and alone, June finds herself in a motel room by the ocean, hundreds of miles from her Connecticut home, held captive by memories and the mistakes she has made with her only child, Lolly, and her partner, Luke. In the turbulence of grief and gossip left in June's wake we slowly make sense of the unimaginable. The novel is a gathering of voices, and each testimony has a new revelation about what led to the catastrophe - Luke's alienated mother Lydia, the watchful motel owners, their cleaner Cissy, the teenage pothead who lives nearby - everyone touched by the tragedy finds themselves caught in the undertow, as their secret histories finally come to light.Lit by the clarity of understanding that true sadness brings, Did You Ever Have a Family is an elegant, unforgettable story that reveals humanity at its worst and best, through loss and love, fracture and forgiveness. At the book's heart is the idea of family - the ones we are born with and the ones we create - and the desire, in the face of everything, to go on living.

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