The Light Years is a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American historyChris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, amid the upheaval of the late 1960s, was destined to fracture their precarious facade.His older sister Donna introduces him to the charismatic Valentine, who places a tab of acid on twelve-year-old Rush's tongue, proclaiming: "This is sacrament. You are one of us now."After an unceremonious ejection from an experimental art school, Rush heads to Tuscon to make a major drug purchase and, still barely a teenager, disappears into the nascent American counterculture. Stitching together a ragged assemblage of lowlifes, prophets, and fellow wanderers, he seeks kinship in the communes of the west. His adolescence is spent looking for knowledge, for the divi...
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The Light Years: A Memoir Reviews
I had zero expectations going into The Light Years, I barely remembered reading the synopsis. Something about drugs and Tucson was all I could recall. So I decided to just start reading and let the book do all the work. To say I read this memoir at a feverish pace is an understatement. I read late at night and in the early hours of the morning. I even read at work whenever I had a down moment. I had to be with Chris and hear his story. His writing is crystalline and intense, but also simple, dev ...more
This book is absolutely incredible. It's hard to describe. Just read it. Definitely in my top five.
I loved every moment reading this extraordinary book about an extraordinary life, and I raced through it grateful that Mr Rush was still alive alive to tell his story. It is a profound, and profoundly sad, memoir but one full of love and the search for love. My favourite read of 2019 so far.
Thank you NetGalley and Farrar, Strauss and Giroux for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book. This is the memoir of the artist Chris Rush that starts at age 11 and takes him through his young adult years. This covers the gamet of topic, sexuality, religion and drugs. As I read this book I ran through many emotions. Lots of laughter and many thoughtful moments throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. It might have been the book that got me out of my rut.
Heart wrenching story of a gay teenager in 1970s whose parents were too homophobic and self-involved to accept him, and instead let him wander in the wilderness--literally and figurally--for years. I wish Rush had written more about how he turned his life around after nearly killing himself with drugs (not by suicide attempts, but slow steady annihilation of his body--which, of course, a different kind of suicide). In spite of fits and starts at the beginning of the book (a lot of short anecdota ...more
I knew I liked Chris Rush from the first chapter. We're introduced to him as a child who appears to be more certain of who he is than most adults I've met. As Rush recounts his childhood into adolescence and then young adulthood, the environment around him, people he encounters, the era he lives in, all attempt to forge him into a different person. His resilience is just amazing to me. After living what feels like several lifetimes worth in a decade, I'm left completely in awe.
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A coming of age that gripped me from the first pages.A young life full of drugs hard memories seeking to find himself.A raw revealing life story that the author lived and fought to survive.Thanks to Goodreads for advance copy,