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By Sam Lansky

Sharply humorous and compulsively readable, The Gilded Razor is a “powerful addition to the literature of energetic habit and restoration” (New York Times bestselling writer invoice Clegg) from debut writer Sam Lansky.

The Gilded Razor is the genuine tale of a double existence that New York Times bestselling writer George Hodgman referred to as “virtuosic.” through the age of seventeen, Sam Lansky used to be an all-star pupil with Ivy League aspirations in his ultimate 12 months at an elite long island urban prep institution. yet a bad habit to prescription capsules spiraled speedily uncontrolled, compounded by means of a string of reckless affairs with older males, leaving his vibrant destiny in jeopardy. After a terrifying overdose, he attempted to straighten out. but as he journeyed from the glittering streets of big apple, to a barren region boot camp in Utah, to a psych ward in New Orleans, he merely chanced on extra possibilities to create chaos—until eventually, he started to face himself.

within the vein of Elizabeth Wurtzel and Augusten Burroughs, Lansky scrapes away at his personal existence as a tender addict and exposes profoundly common anxieties. advised with striking sensitivity, biting humor, and unrelenting self-awareness, The Gilded Razor is a coming-of-age tale of searing honesty and lyricism and “one of the simplest pics in regards to the implacable strength of dependancy” (Susan Cheever, bestselling writer of Drinking in America).

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As their marriage had slowly disintegrated, my mom unraveled. We fought always. After she found out that i used to be utilizing medicines, she all started administering drug checks. I labored round them: not anything may perhaps retain me from my cherished drugs. i may feel a drug try coming a mile away, and neither of my mom and dad used to be round usually sufficient for it to be constant, besides. They have been too distracted to successfully father or mother a baby as precocious and strong-willed as i used to be, and that i had grown expert at manipulating them into taking a look earlier what must have been noticeable pink flags. a number of days earlier than my 16th birthday, my mom shocked me with a urinalysis try out, and that i got here up optimistic for cocaine; after consulting with my father, they grounded me for a number of days. Neither of them pointed out rehab—at least to not me. My mom pursued her spirituality, attempting to liberate the secrets and techniques of her happiness. She back to the home at extraordinary hours with purple eyes, reeking of burnt sage. (“I’m going out on a dream quest,” she’d say, her eyes bold me to giggle. “I’ll be again in 3 days. ”) presently earlier than my mom and dad separated, my mom defined my father as “the such a lot emotionally and sexually repressed person I’ve ever met. ” I enjoyed how cinematic this was—how withering. a number of weeks later, my mom and dad sat me down within the kitchen. “We’re separating,” my mom acknowledged. “I’ve taken a role in New York,” my father acknowledged. “You can remain right here with me,” my mom stated. “Or you could visit long island along with your father. It’s as much as you. ” I advised them that i assumed it was once for the simplest, and that i did. “Maybe now we will all be happy,” I stated, even though it didn’t appear like that was once within the playing cards. yet i assumed i might gladly alternate my mother’s extra watchful eye for my unerringly unavailable father—and a wonderful new existence in big apple. Later that evening, the home protected in silence, I slipped out front door and jogged alongside the gravel that paved our cul-de-sac, right down to the lifeless finish signal the place my ally Kat’s SUV was once parked. All summer time, Kat and that i were doing blow—too a lot blow, if there has been one of these thing—but Kat was once years older than i used to be and masses more matured, and that i relied on her judgment implicitly. Even at the nights whilst she drove seventy mph alongside the perilous curves of Skyline street, her lipsticked mouth operating animatedly, my the teeth chattering, charring my fingertips attempting to kill the roach of a joint—even then, I continually felt secure together with her. We had turn into acquaintances now not lengthy when we had either been unceremoniously dumped by means of our first loves—me by means of my boyfriend, Jerick, a charismatic theater child, and her through Rob, an aspiring rapper from a nasty local. initially, we medicated our loneliness with quick nutrition and undesirable videos, however it didn’t take lengthy for us to graduate to more durable vices. Kat used to be at the back of the wheel, having a look fidgety, ambient pop bleating at the stereo. She used to be a bombshell, blond and curvy, but—perpetually self-conscious—she concealed in formless sweatshirts zipped as much as her throat, hood pulled up moodily to conceal her lengthy, wavy hair.

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