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Goat by Brad Land

Goat by Brad Land

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A Memoir

by Brad Land

Hodder Headline Australia, 2004, ISBN 0733618987, embossed cover design, paperback with wraps

Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing to edges and corners, no inscriptions, sunned spine (see photographs)

“Reeling from a terrifying assault that has left him physically injured and psychologically shattered, nineteen-year-old Brad Land must also contend with unsympathetic local police, patents who can barely discuss ‘the incident” (as they call it), a brother riddled with guilt but unable to slow down enough for Brad to keep up, and the feeling that he’ll never be normal again.  When Brad’s brother enrols at Clemson University and pledges a fraternity, Brad believes he’s being left behind once and for all.  Desperate to belong, he follows.  What happens there – in the name of “brotherhood”, and with the supposed goal of forging a scholar and a gentleman from the raw materials of boyhood – involves torturous late-night hazing, heartbreaking estrangement from his brother, and, finally, the death of a fellow pledge.  Ultimately, Brad must weigh total alienation from his newfound community against accepting a form of brutality he already knows too well.
A searing memoir of masculinity, violence and brotherhood, Goat provides an unprecedented window into the emotional landscape of young men and introduces a writer of uncommon grace and power.”


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