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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’ll 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 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:

"At once harrowingly violent and heartachingly tender, Brad Land's memoir throws you into a world where brutality, love, loneliness, anger, brotherhood and a desire to belong are inextricably and fatally entwined. As a narrator, Land is able to articulate his inner turmoil with an honesty that is as riveting as it is disarming. Goat should be required reading for every scared, isolated, naive teenage boy who thinks that joining a fraternity might solve his problems. And required reading for anyone who's ever loved someone they didn't understand." Thisbe Nissen, author of The Good People of New York

Review:

"Written with a heart seared with pain and a pen filled with passion, Brad Land's tale is street-fight brutal and gut-wrench tragic. It is a book that every teenager should read and every parent must read, especially those of us with sons. Goat never lets go. It rips and shreds us with blade-sharp dialogue and a relentless pace, all the while exposing the bravest of souls and the most gentle of hearts." Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Gangster and Street Boys

Synopsis:

In the wake of a psychologically devastating and physically detrimental assault, the

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:
9781588363541
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Land, Brad
Author:
Brad Land
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Youth
Subject:
Violence
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Students & Student Life
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Education-Higher
Subject:
Education-Students & Student Life
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Education : Students & Student Life
Subject:
Education : Higher
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Greek letter societies
Subject:
South carolina
Subject:
Students & Student Life
Subject:
Audio Books-Biographies
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Audio Books-World Affairs
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Abuse-Personal Stories
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040201
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
210

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Product details 210 pages Random House - English 9781588363541 Reviews:
"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 , "At once harrowingly violent and heartachingly tender, Brad Land's memoir throws you into a world where brutality, love, loneliness, anger, brotherhood and a desire to belong are inextricably and fatally entwined. As a narrator, Land is able to articulate his inner turmoil with an honesty that is as riveting as it is disarming. Goat should be required reading for every scared, isolated, naive teenage boy who thinks that joining a fraternity might solve his problems. And required reading for anyone who's ever loved someone they didn't understand."
"Review" by , "Written with a heart seared with pain and a pen filled with passion, Brad Land's tale is street-fight brutal and gut-wrench tragic. It is a book that every teenager should read and every parent must read, especially those of us with sons. Goat never lets go. It rips and shreds us with blade-sharp dialogue and a relentless pace, all the while exposing the bravest of souls and the most gentle of hearts."
"Synopsis" by , In the wake of a psychologically devastating and physically detrimental assault, the
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