Gone to the Crazies
By Alison Weaver
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061374012, 245pp.
Publication Date: July 2008
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Alison Weaver's privileged upbringing hid the darker undertones of her childhood until her parents shipped her away, at fifteen, to the cultish Cascade School, warping her perception of reality. Upon graduation, set adrift in New York's East Village in the 1990s, her life began a downward spiral marked by needles and late-night parties. Stumbling into free fall and mingling with fears of death, she was forced to face her darkness. Here is Weaver's thoughtful exploration of what it means to fight for identity and equilibrium.
“A wise and eloquent book...in Weaver’s expert hands the drug addiction and rehabilitation memoir has finally come of age.”
-Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan
“[An] amazingly sane and graceful book . . . Weaver is a sure-handed storyteller and a clear-eyed observer.”
-David Gates, author of Jernigan, Preston Falls, and The Wonders of the Invisible World
“A talented young writer with a fertile ground from which to make sense of her complex story.”
-Natasha Radojcic, author of Homecoming and You Don't Have to Live Here
“Gone to the Crazies is a stark and powerful debut.”
-Honor Moore, author of The White Blackbird