""Find me. I will wait. Capture my heart. I will capture yours. Take this moment to tell me one secret. Breathe this life into your soul. Angels come when we are ready. Find me."" Repeatedly, throughout this moving and extraordinarily objective memoir, author John Moriarty returns to this simple and beautiful mantra. From a childhood of fear and ...
""Find me. I will wait. Capture my heart. I will capture yours. Take this moment to tell me one secret. Breathe this life into your soul. Angels come when we are ready. Find me."" Repeatedly, throughout this moving and extraordinarily objective memoir, author John Moriarty returns to this simple and beautiful mantra. From a childhood of fear and rejection, Moriarty fled into adulthood fueled by ever-increasing doses of alcohol, cocaine, and prescription drugs. Solace and safety could always be found and reality postponed in another bottle of vodka. Until he died. And awoke. And realized. That somewhere inside him lay a life, wasted but aching to begin. John Moriarty is a freelance writer living in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Publishers Weekly, 2001-06-04 The unforgiving yet ultimately liberating cycle of recovery from addiction of desperate attraction and triumphant avoidance is captured in freelance writer Moriarty's unsparing memoir. Writing with the passion and immediacy of a man who knows he might not have lived to tell his tale, the author, now in his mid-40s and living in Kansas City, Mo., conjures with accelerating vividness a long downward spiral. Over the years, drink, drugs and equally desperate and numbing gay male sex usually unprotected, occasionally anonymous, often lost to an alcoholic blackout take him to the edge of death itself. As with the recovery process, the sometimes exhausting pile-on of repetitious prose demands endurance. Particularly jarring, at first, are such authorial tics as the constant use of the too-cute phrases "Vitamin V" and "drinking daze." But readers who persevere past the first 75 pages or so will fall into the intense, present-tense rhythm of Moriarty's distinctive voice and tune into his compelling mantra of recovery, in which buzzwords and bromides become lifelines and affirmations. The reward for sticking with this book is the unveiling of a man remarkably devoid of self-pity and relentlessly honest in his self-criticism. Its appeal is most directly to the gay community, where alcohol and drug abuse have long gone hand in hand with issues of self-esteem and self-acceptance, but Moriarty's account shimmers with universal truth. Others in recovery, or in need of it, may well see their reflection in the mirror Moriarty holds up to his own life. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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