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I Will Be Complete by Glen David Gold

I Will Be Complete

I Will Be Complete by Glen David Gold
Jun 26, 2018 | 496 Pages
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I Will Be Complete is one helluva ride . . . Gold’s intentions are so sincere and his scenes so well articulated and raw that it’s easy to immerse yourself and go with whatever he throws at you . . . Much like Jeannette Walls’ relationship with her mother in The Glass Castle or Augusten Burroughs’ accounts in Running with Scissors, Gold’s mother’s twisted antics and Gold’s increasingly muted reactions to them are not just fuel for evocative storytelling; they’re also the throughlines that propel the memoir forward . . . In his capable hands even the smallest events seem revelatory . . . When combined with his deadpan delivery and wry sense of humor, each obstacle to overcome or hoop to jump through takes on a life of its own . . . Wickedly intelligent and wildly imaginative . . . That Gold is a darn gifted yarn spinner!”
—Alexis Burling, San Francisco Chronicle
“A searching memoir.”
O magazine

“Glen David Gold is one of the best storytellers working today. He could write about anything and make it gripping. As it turns out, he also has one hell of a story to tell.” —Joseph Fink, co-author of Welcome to Night Vale
“An extraordinary account of an extraordinary life. Gold captures with stunning clarity the emotional chaos he grew up in, and that made him the brilliant writer he is now.” —Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

I Will Be Complete is the best memoir I’ve read in years. It’s likely the best memoir published in years. Gold’s a novelist and this book reads like the best fiction. It’s exciting, beautiful, and clear-eyed in a way most memoirs aren’t. Oh, and you’ll never forget this charming, intelligent, unique narrator.” —Darin Strauss, author of National Book Critics Circle Award winner Half a Life and Chang and Eng

“In this dazzling memoir, Glen David Gold shows us the dark side of the Auntie Mame myth. Raised by an unreliable bohemian mother in 1970s California, Gold follows the trail of damage she leaves, marking his adolescence and young manhood, until he decides he must choose between being ‘complete’ and emotionally whole. Beautiful and deft, witty and searing, like a playful song with a persistent bass line of unresolved grief. I can’t stop thinking about it.” —Janet Fitch, author of The Revolution of Marina M. and White Oleander

“We expect the story of a boy and his mother ought to go a certain way. I Will Be Complete goes in ways you’d never expect. The people shatter, reassemble themselves, and shatter all over again. The prose is crystalline, hard as real diamonds, flashing, revealing. The story is simple, just a boy and his mother’s long disintegration, but the journey is darkly complicated, heartbreaking, beautiful as hell.” —Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama

“Engaging . . . A strong memoir that oozes with the excitement of a life well-lived—and well-analyzed . . . Gold writes searchingly about the tenuous relationship with his mother that he fostered, watched decay, and eventually restored . . . This struggle made him particularly insightful.” Kirkus Reviews

From the UK:

“Compelling . . . Both funny and profoundly moving.”
Sunday Express
“Gold’s heartbreaking, brave book deals with his tangled, troubled and troubling relationship with his tempestuous mother and, with insightful introspection, he reveals how it has affected all his other relationships. It’s a shocking read.”

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