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Author Rush, Chris, 1956- author.

Title The light years : a memoir / Chris Rush.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  92 RUSH    Check Shelf
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  BIOG. RUSH, C.    Storage
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department Lower Level  BIOGRAPHY RUSH    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  700.92 RUS    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  B RUSH    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Biographies  B RUSH CHRIS R    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Biographies  BIOG RUSH, CHRIS    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 372 pages : 24 cm
Summary "A joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history. Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic New Jersey family. But inside the gleaming mid-century house with his flawless hostess mother and thriving businessman father ran unspoken tensions that, amid the upheaval of the late 1960s, were destined to fracture the precarious fa├žade. The summer after his first year at a Catholic boarding school, Chris's older sister Donna draws him into her orbit, which revolves around the charismatic Valentine, high priest of the new age and entrepreneurial drug dealer. It is Valentine who places the first tab of acid on twelve-year-old Chris's tongue, proclaiming: 'This is a sacrament. You are one of us now.' After an unceremonious expulsion from school, Rush heads to Tucson to make a major drug deal and, still barely a teenager, disappears into the nascent American counterculture. Stitching together a ragged assemblage of lowlifes, prophets, and fellow wanderers, he seeks kinship in the communes of the West and spends his adolescence looking for knowledge, for the divine, for home. Given what Rush confronts in his travels--from ordinary heartbreak to unimaginable violence--it is a miracle he is still alive. A prayer for vanished friends, an odyssey sign posted with broken and extraordinary people, [this book] transcends one boy's story to perfectly illustrate the slow slide from the optimism of the 1960s into the darker and more sinister 1970s. In a riveting, heart-stopping journey of discovery and reconciliation, Rush faces his lost childhood and, finally, himself."--Dust jacket.
Subject Rush, Chris, 1956-
Artists -- United States -- Biography.
Artists. (OCoLC)fst00817559
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9780374294410 (hardcover)
0374294410 (hardcover)
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