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Beautiful Scars

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Beautiful Scars by Tom Wilson
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Oct 01, 2019 | ISBN 9780385685672

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Finalist for the 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
Finalist for the Hamilton Literary Awards
National Bestseller
A CBC Best Book of 2017

Beautiful Scars is a frank and fair, raw and loving look at what it means to grow up with the silver spoon as far from your mouth as it can get, a confession that celebrates the miseries and joys of working-class life, of musicianship, of chasing secrets, of fighting through to discover the person you didn’t realize you were. This is a remarkable, generous, big-hearted book that will stick with me for a long time.” —Guy Vanderhaeghe, author of The Englishman’s Boy, The Last Crossing and A Good Man  

“The book isn’t just good. It’s stunning. . . . The secrets around [Wilson’s] life form a fundamentally Canadian story, rich in history and steeped in darkness. They also separate Beautiful Scars from the ranks of the typical rock memoir, and place it firmly on the shelf with the likes of Angela’s Ashes and The Glass Castle—riveting accounts of family and secrets, poverty and peril, adversity and triumph.” —Quill & Quire, starred review

“A helluva story. . . . Wilson has the ear of the poet and the eye of the painter. He manages to pick just the right anecdote to sum up a personal feeling, at the same time as capturing a broader cultural moment.” —Hamilton Spectator 

“This is not your typical recollection of a debauched life of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. . . . The storytelling ability present in Wilson’s songwriting translates to the written page with real ease. He has a direct cut-to-the-chase style, but is still capable of delivering poetic imagery. . . . This [is] an inspiring read.” —Toronto Star

Beautiful Scars is like Cataract City, only true, mixed with the kind of rock memoir you were scared to read. Wilson, musician and shockingly fine storyteller, is from Hamilton, Ontario. And not the bougie new Hamilton. That should tell you all you need to know.” —The Title 

“This incredible story is handled with grace, grit and a real feeling of a boy, then a man, trying to find their place in the world.” —Vancouver Sun

“A compelling story, beautifully told. . . . Wilson writes with honesty and clarity.” —Winnipeg Free Press

“A funny and poignant memoir about family, identity and coming to terms with unexpected truths.” —Zoomer 

“Tom Wilson’s memoir goes deeper than your average rock ‘n’ roll book.” —Calgary Herald  

“[A] moving and beautifully written memoir.” —CBC Books

“A dread of unknown origin cloaked and nearly choked Tom Wilson, but his voice continued to soar and what emerges here is an incredible tale of inclusion and devotion and love.” —Ron MacLean
“Tom writes with charisma, humour and passion. There’s a depth to his story—full of a trauma and mystery—that helps explain the arc of Tom’s life and career. If you’re already a fan, you’ll love him even more after reading this.” —Max Kerman, The Arkells
“Tom Wilson’s memoir, like his music, keeps a measure of time that is so beautifully his own. This is a life, a story, born of secrets and lies, of dark humour and love. Its song will stay with you.” —Ryan Knighton, author of Cockeyed

“Wilson’s memoir is much more than yet another retelling of the sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll story that many other musicians before him have told. All of that is in the book . . . but beneath and behind this, always there lurks Wilson’s search for truth and his place in the world. . . . [Beautiful Scars] is more than a book. It is a precious gift, a legacy of insight and truth from a father who finally knows who he is and where he belongs.” —Hamilton Review of Books


Kobo Emerging Writer Prize FINALIST 2018

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