Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir
Author: Broome, Brian
Publisher: Mariner Books
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WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE - A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK - A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' PICK - A LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST - A STONEWALL HONOR BOOK - NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, KIRKUS REVIEWS, LIBRARY JOURNAL, AMAZON AND APPLE BOOKS - A TODAY SUMMER READING LIST PICK - AN ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY BEST DEBUT OF SUMMER PICK - A PEOPLE BEST BOOK OF SUMMER PICK
A raw, poetic, coming-of-age "masterwork" (The New York Times) about Blackness, masculinity and addiction
"Punch Me Up to the Gods obliterates what we thought were the limitations of not just the American memoir, but the possibilities of the American paragraph. I'm not sure a book has ever had me sobbing, punching the air, dying of laughter, and needing to write as much as Brian Broome's staggering debut. This sh*t is special."
--Kiese Laymon, New York Times bestselling author of Heavy
"Punch Me Up to the Gods is some of the finest writing I have ever encountered and one of the most electrifying, powerful, simply spectacular memoirs I--or you--have ever read. And you will read it; you must read it. It contains everything we all crave so deeply: truth, soul, brilliance, grace. It is a masterpiece of a memoir and Brian Broome should win the Pulitzer Prize for writing it. I am in absolute awe and you will be, too."
--Augusten Burroughs, New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors
Punch Me Up to the Gods introduces a powerful new talent in Brian Broome, whose early years growing up in Ohio as a dark-skinned Black boy harboring crushes on other boys propel forward this gorgeous, aching, and unforgettable debut. Brian's recounting of his experiences--in all their cringe-worthy, h