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Reading: Zack McDermott

Zack McDermott is author of The Gorilla and The Bird, of which Kirkus Reviews said: "If the Joads were tanked up on Bud Light and Haldol and Steinbeck were under Hunter S. Thompson’s influence, this might be the result—rueful, funny, and utterly authentic." He'll read from it and sign copies at the Raven on November 15.

Zack McDermott, a 26-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed, Truman Show-style, as part of an audition for a TV pilot. This was it – his big dreams were finally coming true. Every passerby was an actor; every car would magically stop for him; everything he saw was a cue from “The Producer” to help inspire the performance of a lifetime. After a manic spree around Manhattan, Zack, who is bipolar, was arrested on a subway platform and admitted to Bellevue Hospital.

So begins the story of Zack’s freefall into psychosis and his desperate, poignant, often darkly funny struggle to claw his way back to sanity, regain his identity, and rebuild some semblance of a stable life. It’s a journey that will take him from New York City back to his Kansas roots and to the one person who might be able to save him, his tough, big-hearted Midwestern mother, nicknamed the Bird, whose fierce and steadfast love is the light in Zack’s dark world.

Written with raw emotional power, humor, and tenderness, The Gorilla and the Bird is a bravely honest account of a young man’s unraveling and the relationship that saves him.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother's Love Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316315142
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Published: Little Brown and Company - September 26th, 2017

The story of a young man fighting to recover from a devastating psychotic break and the mother who refuses to give up on him