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"In his first book, Paul Fuhr has created a masterpiece. A tragicomic tale told with the sort of hilarious horror that makes it as addictive as any of the alcohol described, Bottleneck is as wise as Mary Karr’s Lit, as darkly amusing as Jerry Stahl’s Permanent Midnight and as profound as Sarah Hepola’s Blackout. This is the sort of instant classic that leaves you wondering not only how he survived the nearly unsurvivable but also how he’s managed to make the story into one of the best recovery memoirs of all time."
- Anna David, New York Times best-selling author of Party Girl
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“Paul Fuhr’s Bottleneck is a memoir that is honest, terrifying, heartbreaking, invigorating, and inspirational. Yes, it is all these things and more. It is as if Fuhr sliced open his heart and allowed to flow freely what was first the joy and then the pain of that river of plague called alcoholism. This true story of a young man’s 'lost weekend' is so well-written and engaging that I finished it within twenty-four hours. Bottleneck deserves to be a classic. Highly recommended.”
- Raymond Benson, New York Times best-selling
author of 007, The Black Stiletto books,
and In the Hush of the Night
Bottleneck traces the messy, alcoholic life of writer Paul Fuhr from his days as an insecure Star Trek-loving teenager all the way to his bleary-eyed parenthood, when nearly every of his kids’ diaper changes came against the headwind of a hangover. From his first stolen drinks (two bottles of Zima!) to breaking out of a detox center many decades later, Bottleneck charts the aimless trajectory of an alcoholic who refuses to acknowledge he’s an alcoholic.
Fuhr’s memoir is much more than a chronicle of the quiet corrosion of alcohol in one person’s life, though: Bottleneck is a darkly funny, occasionally artful account of deserts, death, disillusionment, DUIs, unpaid bar tabs, narrow escapes, epic lies, awkwardly admitted truths, unhappy reunions, unexpected friendships, rehab routines, horrible AA-meeting coffee, and staring down life without happy hour.
It’s a book that reveals as much about relationships as it does addiction, showing what happens to families, friends, strangers and casual acquaintances when the sagging weight of alcoholism finally breaks loose, sweeping everyone and everything away.