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Goat: A Memoir

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Reeling from a terrifying assault that has left him physically injured and psychologically shattered, nineteen-year-old Brad Land must also contend with unsympathetic local police, parents who can barely discuss "the incident" (as they call it), a brother riddled with guilt but unable to slow down enough for Brad to keep up, and the feeling that he'l never be normal again. When Brad's brother enrolls at Clemson University and pledges a fraternity, Brad believes he's being left behind once and for all. Desperate to belong, he follows. What happens there — in the name of "brotherhood," and with the supposed goal of forging a scholar and a gentleman from the raw materials of boyhood — involves torturous late-night hazing, heartbreaking estrangement from his brother, and, finally, the death of a fellow pledge. Ultimately, Brad must weigh total alienation from his newfound community against accepting a form of brutality he already knows too well.

A searing memoir of masculinity, violence, and brotherhood, Goat provides an unprecedented window into the emotional landscape of young men and introduces a writer of uncommon grace and power.

Review:

"This is a breathtaking book, a rough ride over the emotions of adolescence and the brutal business of being an American man. Land's voice is distinct, melancholic, and original; the book is a wonderful debut." Susan Orlean

Review:

"An incredible memoir — riveting and relentless, shocking, brutal, just savagely good. And yet. Beautiful and brave." Augusten Burroughs, bestselling author of Running with Scissors

Review:

"This is the most astonishing debut I've ever read. Goat is beguiling, brutal and tender at once. By giving us an honest portrait of the love between brothers, Brad Land holds up a mirror to the lie of false fraternity." Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy

Review:

"This will be widely read as one of the first books about assaults on men. Clemson should not be proud." Library Journal

Review:

"How Land can stand to revisit these miseries with such delirious pungency would be a wonder, except that his sense of relief at having survived them is palpable. Fine, grim work." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Considering the book's maudlin temperament, and the way the interior landscape of an unstable mind overpowers external events, Goat actually has more in common with an autobiographical novel by a dead female poet — namely, The Bell Jar." Heidi Julavits, New York Times

Synopsis:

A searing memoir of masculinity, violence, and brotherhood, "Goat" provides an unprecedented window into the emotional landscape of young fraternity men and introduces a writer of uncommon grace and power.

About the Author

Brad Land studied creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he received his M.F.A., and Western Michigan University, where he served as nonfiction editor of Third Coast. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and now lives in South Carolina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812969689
Author:
Land, Brad
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Students & Student Life
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.08x5.24x.54 in. .38 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Random House Trade - English 9780812969689 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is a breathtaking book, a rough ride over the emotions of adolescence and the brutal business of being an American man. Land's voice is distinct, melancholic, and original; the book is a wonderful debut."
"Review" by , "An incredible memoir — riveting and relentless, shocking, brutal, just savagely good. And yet. Beautiful and brave."
"Review" by , "This is the most astonishing debut I've ever read. Goat is beguiling, brutal and tender at once. By giving us an honest portrait of the love between brothers, Brad Land holds up a mirror to the lie of false fraternity."
"Review" by , "This will be widely read as one of the first books about assaults on men. Clemson should not be proud."
"Review" by , "How Land can stand to revisit these miseries with such delirious pungency would be a wonder, except that his sense of relief at having survived them is palpable. Fine, grim work."
"Review" by , "Considering the book's maudlin temperament, and the way the interior landscape of an unstable mind overpowers external events, Goat actually has more in common with an autobiographical novel by a dead female poet — namely, The Bell Jar."
"Synopsis" by , A searing memoir of masculinity, violence, and brotherhood, "Goat" provides an unprecedented window into the emotional landscape of young fraternity men and introduces a writer of uncommon grace and power.
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