By Dave Itzkoff
With sharp wit, self-deprecating humor, and penetrating honesty, New York Times journalist Dave Itzkoff turns a willing eye on his existence with the mysterious, maddening, much-loved guy of whom he writes, "for the 1st 8 years of my existence I appear to have believed he used to be the made of my imagination."
Itzkoff's father was once the guy who lumbered domestic at evening and spent hours murmuring to his small son approximately his goals and hopes for the boy's destiny, and the fears and screw ups of his personal earlier. He used to be the hard-nosed manhattan fur service provider with an by surprise emotional soul; a purveyor of well-worn anecdotes and bittersweet existence classes; a relied on best friend in early life revolts opposed to motherly self-discipline and Hebrew university drudgery; a chum, consultant, and confidant. He was once additionally a junkie. In Cocaine's Son, Itzkoff chronicles his coming of age within the disjointed shadow of his father's double life--struggling to reconcile his love for the garrulous protector and supplier, and his loathing for the pitiful addict.
Through his adolescent and teenage years Itzkoff is haunted via the spectacle of his father's drug-fueled depressions and disappearances. In university, Itzkoff plunges into his personal probably fated bout with substance abuse. And later, an emotional remedy consultation results in the serious walk in the park that he'll by no means triumph over an analogous demons that experience pushed the older guy. but if his father eventually will get fresh, a protracted "morning after" starts off for them either. And on a street journey around the kingdom and again into reminiscence, looking for clues and revelations, jointly they realize that there's extra binding them than ever separated them.
Unsparing and heartbreaking, mordantly humorous and powerfully felt, Cocaine's Son clears a spot for Dave Itzkoff within the leading edge of latest memoirists.
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