Another Bullshit Night in Suck City
By Nick Flynn
Nick is a client and a friend, but he is also a hero of mine.
His memoir is a masterly choreography of glimpses from his childhood, adolescence, and after, along with monologues, poems, and even one-act plays. Through this audacious deploying of so many modes of storytelling and expression, he tells the tale of growing up with a troubled mother who killed herself when he was in college. But the center of the story, around which everything circles, is his relationship with his father. How they came to meet when Nick was in his twenties, how they forged a relationship, and the ways in which his father’s absence shaped him are what Nick explores in a book that manages to be funny, upsetting, stimulating, and compassionate all at once.