About the Author
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Ecw Press (May 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1550229567
- ISBN-13: 978-1550229561
The book recounts his childhood and growing up in the early 1960-70’s with a pretty common story during this time period — a lot of teens drank, did drugs and had sex. I think if he had been born a decade later, he would have been labeled ADD and put on drugs immediately. Instead Grisham self medicates to the extreme like many of this generation. He pretty much drinks and takes whatever is put in front of him. You can really feel the pain he is experiencing. If this had been fiction, it would fit nicely into the paranormal realm that is so popular right now, I mean, I know I have read stories about evil demons that rape and pillage in pretty much the same manner. It takes on a whole nother meaning when it is presented as truth.
The demon analogy really works. It explains how he drove himself to change and become “human” through sheer willpower and a few people encouraging him to change. The only negative thing I can say about this book is that Grisham’s charisma only somewhat comes through on the pages. He is one of those larger than life characters that cannot be contained by pages. Oh, and isn’t that cover spectacular!