Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, "enjoyed every page" of this memoir set in the punk scene in Detroit in the '90s.
Eighteen-year-old Sean Madigan Hoen was struggling to keep his involvement in the city's hardcore punk scene a secret from his family. Then he learned that his father, too, had a second life-as a crack addict.
Songs Only You Know begins in the '90s and spans a decade during which the family fights to hold itself together. Sean's father cycles from rehab to binge, his heartsick sister spirals into depression, and his mother works to spare what can be spared. Meanwhile, Sean seeks salvation in a community of eccentrics and outsiders, making music Spin magazine once referred to as "an art-core mindfuck." But the closer Sean comes to realizing his musical dream, the further he drifts from his family and himself.
By turns heartbreaking and mordantly funny, Songs Only You Know is a fierce, compassionate rendering of the chaos and misadventure of a young man's life.
Praise for "Songs Only You Know" A Flavorwire Must-Read Book for AprilA Flavorwire Book of the Week "Sean Madigan Hoen is not merely an immensely gifted writer, but also a seeker--of redemption, of clarity, of hard family history. There are moments of "Songs Only You Know" that seem almost too painful to bear--but only almost. What carries the reader through is both the naked beauty of the prose and the deep human certainty that it is always better to face the truth than to flinch away from it. No flinching here. I admired every page of it." --Elizabeth Gilbert, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "Eat, Pray, Love" and "The Signature of All Things"""Songs Only You Know" screams at you, its limbs flail, and parts of it provoke a visceral reaction that might have you setting down the book for a few moments to catch your breath..." "one hell of a book."--Flavorwire, Book of the Week "[Hoen] looks back on a life battling adversity with brutal honesty and humility, and is able to see the comedy in the worst things that life has to offer. In addition, despite the darkness, his description of the local hardcore scene makes you wish you were there (if you weren't).""--Detroit Metro News""[O]ne of the only punk memoirs you'll ever have to read."--Flavorwire, 10 Must-Read Books for April "Here is a writer with a musician's awareness, the deep breath in before a long scream, the cocked bat, that 'harsh internal music' building as one of Songs strongest themes tries to comprehend the incomprehensible.... ["Songs Only You Know"]""feels boundless, containing whole worlds of darkness and sweet domestic family life.""--PASTE"" " "Brutally honest, and yet tender and introspective... Hoen deserves comparisons with Nick Flynn or Tobias Wolff for his depiction of a young man growing up in a world of family trouble and showing how we negotiate the ties and hard love that bind us. It also captures (as itse
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 15th April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.1 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.55