The Ticking Is the Bomb

A Memoir

By Nick Flynn
W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393338867, 283pp.

Publication Date: January 2011

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Description
In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn's daughter's birth, his growing outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photographs, led him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in those photos. Haunted by a history of addiction, a relationship with his unsteady father, and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves in this memoir passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his growing obsession a questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father. Here is a memoir of profound self-discovery of being lost and found, of painful family memories and losses, of the need to run from love, and of the ability to embrace it again.



About the Author
Nick Flynn has worked as a ship's captain, an electrician, and a case-worker with homeless adults. His most recent book is The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands (2011), is a collection of poems that are linked to his latest memoir, The Ticking is the Bomb (2010).His previous memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France's Prix Femina, and has been translated into fourteen languages. He is also the author of a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins (2008), as well as two other books of poetry, Some Ether (2000), and Blind Huber (2002). Flynn's first memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, has been adapted into a full feature film called Being Flynn, which is scheduled for release in 2012 from Focus Features. Being Flynn is directed by Paul Weitz and starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, and Julianne Moore. Flynn himself is executive producer and artistic collaborator on the film. Flynn is a professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston.
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