By Colin Broderick
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307453402, 340pp.)
Publication Date: December 29, 2009
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"Orangutan" is the story of a generation of young men and women in search of identity in a foreign land, both in love with and at odds with the country they've made their home. So much more than just another memoir about battling addiction, Orangutan is an odyssey across the unforgiving terrain of 1980s, '90s, and post-9/11 America.
Whether he is languishing in the boozy squalor of the Bronx, coke-fueled and manic in the streets of Manhattan, chasing Hunter S. Thompson's American Dream from San Francisco to the desert, or turning the South into his beer-soaked playground, Broderick plainly and unflinchingly charts what it means to be Irish in America, and how the grips of heritage can destroy a man's soul. But brutal though "Orangutan" may be, it is ultimately a story of hope and redemption--it is the story of an Irish drunk unlike any you've met before.