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Author Macher, Tom, 1977- author.

Title Halfway : a memoir / Tom Macher.

Publication Info. New York : Scribner, 2018.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Macher,T MACH    Available
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Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Description viii, 273 pages ; 24 cm
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Summary "From a searing new literary voice, a raw, compulsively readable memoir about a young man seeking hope, community, and ultimately recovery from addiction in a series of halfway houses and boys' homes--the first book to so vividly capture this world. In his late teens Tom Macher rebelled against a world that seemed stacked against him. Raised in a broken family and estranged from an absentee father suffering with AIDS, Macher turned to alcohol to escape the painful loneliness of his reality. In quick succession, he is kicked out of school, and then his mother's house, sent to a boys' home in Montana, and later, a halfway house in a truck-stop town of Louisiana. It was there that Macher encounters a community of young men struggling to survive--outcasts and thieves, liars and ex-cons, men seeking redemption, men running from the past. As he moves further away from boyhood and embraces a hard-won sobriety, these men--the broken, the hardscrabble, the near gone--become his salvation. Macher captures the trials of sobriety--suicide, death, recovery--and the unusual beauty that forms in the bonds of those who suffer. In visceral, striking prose, he introduces the unforgettable characters he meets along the way, from a former child actor, a young teen struggling with schizophrenia, a tough-love addiction counselor, a sex-addicted social worker, to Matt O, who became Macher's loyal friend and wingman. Raw, disarming, frenetic, and subversive, Halfway is a brutally honest portrait of the world of down-and-out recovering alcoholics, and a story of how, in their darkest hour, these men create the bonds that form a family"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Macher, Tom, 1977-
Alcoholics -- United States -- Biography.
Men -- Alcohol use -- United States -- Biography.
Alcoholics -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- Biography.
Halfway houses -- United States.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Other Form: Online version: Macher, Tom, 1977- author. Halfway First Scribner hardcover edition. New York : Scribner, 2018 9781501112645
ISBN 9781501112607 hardcover
1501112600 hardcover
9781501112645 (ebook)

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