Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

A Memoir

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
The son of a convicted bank robber and con artist describes their complicated relationship, relating how his father, while in jail, sent the author letters throughout his childhood and turned up in a Boston homeless shelter where the author was a caseworker. 35,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
"Sometimes I'd see my father, walking past my building on his way to another nowhere. I could have given him a key, offered a piece of my floor. But if I let him inside the line between us would blur, my own slow-motion car wreck would speed up." Nick Flynn met his father for the third time when he was twenty-seven years old, working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager he'd received letters from this stranger, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery. Nick, his own life precariously unsettled, was living alternately in a ramshackle boat and in a warehouse that was once a strip joint. In bold, dazzling prose, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (a phrase Flynn senior uses to describe his life on the streets) tells the story of two lives and the trajectory that led Nick and his father into that homeless shelter, onto those streets, and finally to each other.
"Devastating....Ranks with Frank Conroy's Stop-Time."--Michael Cunningham

Blackwell North Amer
Nick Flynn met his father when he was twenty-seven years old, working as a caseworker in a homeless shelter in Boston. As a teenager he'd received letters from this stranger father, a self-proclaimed poet and con man doing time in federal prison for bank robbery. Nick, his own life precariously unsettled (his mother committed suicide when he was in his late teens), was living alternatively in a ramshackle boat and in a warehouse that was once a strip joint. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (a phrase Flynn senior uses to describe his life on the streets) tells the story of two lives, the story of Nick's boyhood in Scituate, Massachusetts, with his brother and young mother who struggled to keep the family together and the story of his larger-than-life father who refused to play by the rules, and the eerie trajectory that led Nick and his father into that homeless shelter, onto those streets, and finally to each other.

Baker
& Taylor

The son of a convicted bank robber and con artist describes their complicated relationship, relating how his father, while in jail, sent the author letters throughout his childhood and turned up in a Boston homeless shelter where the author was a caseworker.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393051391
0393051390
Characteristics: 347 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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May 10, 2016

As a narrative it works well. As a look at homelessness it was a bit meh, a bit too much from-the-outside-in. Not terrible. I might read his poetry. No idea whether to recommend this book, though.

debwalker Mar 08, 2011

March 7 2011- Announcement that Julianne Moore has been added to the cast of the film version of Nick Flynn's memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, which stars Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Olivia Thirlby, Deadline.com reported. Paul Weitz is directing.

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Jan 22, 2010

Interesting, but I couldn't stand Nick Flynn writing from his dad's point of view.

Never ended up reading the whole thing.

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