Happy

A Memoir

By Alex Lemon
(Scribner, Hardcover, 9781416550235, 304pp.)

Publication Date: December 29, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the January 2010 Indie Notables
“This memoir of a man who had his first stroke at 19 is both harrowing and uplifting. As Alex Lemon battles physically, the true story is about the toughest fight anyone has, against ourselves. In the course of his struggle the author discovers the true meaning of love and delivers a visceral, wrenching experience to the reader.”
-- Bill Cusumano, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI


Description

His freshman year of college, Alex Lemon was supposed to be the star catcher on the Macalester College baseball team. He was the boy getting every girl, the hard-partying kid who everyone called Happy, often without even knowing his real name. In the spring of 1997, he had his first stroke.

For two years Lemon coped with his deteriorating health by sinking deeper into alcohol and drug abuse. His charming and carefree exterior masked his self-destructive and sometimes cruel behavior as he endured two more brain bleeds and a crippling depression. After undergoing brain surgery, he is nursed back to health by his free-spirited artist mother, who once again teaches him to stand on his own.

Alive with unexpected humor and sensuality, Happy is a hypnotic self-portrait of a young man confronting the wreckage of his own body; it is also the deeply moving story of a mother's redemptive and healing powers. Alex Lemon's Technicolor sentences pop and sing as he writes about survival -- of the body and of the human spirit.




About the Author

Alex Lemon was born in Iowa, and lives in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Mosquito (Tin House Books) and Hallelujah Blackout (Milkweed Editions), and is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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