Glen David Gold with Lev Grossman
Where: Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St.
718-246-0200 Price: Free
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Glen David Gold, best-selling author of Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside, presents I Will Be Complete, a big-hearted memoir about growing up in the wake of the destructive choices of an extremely unconventional mother. I Will Be Complete is a vivid, extraordinary account of an outrageous life led up and down the California Coast, from the go-go 60s, to the inimitable 70s, to the punk-rock 80s and beyond. Across decades and cities, Gold returns again and again to his relationship with his parents – a father of “cheerful amorality” and a mother who abandoned him at the age of 12 – who force him to choose between being complete and being emotionally whole. Clear-eyed and heartbreaking, Gold’s story ultimately speaks to everyone who has struggled with the complexity of parental bonds by searching for – and finding – autonomy. The critically-acclaimed novelist and short story writer presents his memoir in conversation with novelist, critic and Greenlight neighbor Lev Grossman. A signing and Q&A follows the presentation.