The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait (Paperback)

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Bailey is know for his immense biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates, and Charles Jackson. But this dark and heartbreaking memior is the result of a master biographer chronicling his own life, and the life of his older brother Scott. As they grow older, both brothers deal with drug and alcohol abuse while their family unravels. His well-meaning father, insatiable mother, and erratic brother all fit into his definition of family, which may look uncomfortably familiar to the reader. 

-- Cody

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Blake Bailey has been hailed as "addictively readable" (New York Times) and praised for his ability to capture lives "compellingly and in harrowing detail" (Time). The Splendid Things We Planned is his darkly funny account of growing up in the shadow of an erratic and increasingly dangerous brother, an exhilarating and sometimes harrowing story that culminates in one unforgettable Christmas.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393350562
ISBN-10: 0393350568
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 16th, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English