The Ticking Is the Bomb

A Memoir

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

Publication Date: January 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Compact Disc, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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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."
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