Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man

A Memoir

By Bill Clegg
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316054669, 222pp.)

Publication Date: August 2011

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Bill Clegg had a thriving business as a literary agent, representing a growing list of writers. He had a supportive partner, trusting colleagues, and loving friends when he walked away from his world and embarked on a two-month crack binge. He had been released from rehab nine months earlier, and his relapse would cost him his home, his money, his career, and very nearly his life.

What is it that leads an exceptional young mind to want to disappear? Clegg makes stunningly clear the attraction of the drug that had him in its thrall, capturing in scene after scene the drama, tension, and paranoiac nightmare of a secret life-and the exhilarating bliss that came again and again until it was eclipsed almost entirely by doom. PORTRAIT OF AN ADDICT AS A YOUNG MAN is an utterly compelling narrative-lyrical, irresistible, harsh, and honest-from which you simply cannot look away.




About the Author
Bill Clegg is a literary agent in New York and the author of the bestselling memoirs "Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man" and "Ninety Days". He has written for "The New York Times", "Lapham's Quarterly", "New York" magazine, "The Guardian", and "Harper's Bazaar".
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