Category: Language & Literature / Literature History
Publication date: 31 October 2006
Number of pages: 320
This is the story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of grandeur) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa Claus and a certifiable lunatic into the bargain. Suddenly at the age of 12, Augusten found himself living in a dilapidated Victorian house in perfect squalor. The doctor's bizarre family, a few patients and a paedophile living in the garden shed completed the tableau. Here, there were no rules or school. The Christmas tree stayed up until Summer and valium was chomped down like sweets. When things got a bit slow, there was always the ancient electroshock therapy machine under the stairs.
What the papers say:
"'The Brady Bunch on Viagra' Observer 'Adrian Mole scripted by Hieronymous Bosch' The Times 'Running with Scissors sets a new standard... very well written' Sunday Times 'Funnier and more alarming than any memoir in recent history' Independent on Sunday"
Augusten Burroughs lives in New York City. He is the author of the bestselling Running with Scissors, Dry and Magical Thinking. He has written one novel, Sellevision which Atlantic also published in 2006.
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