Trouble : A darkly funny true story of self-destruction


Author: Gaughan, Marise Published 02/03/2023 | Paperback / softback
126 x 198 x 24 | 244g

ISBN: 9781913183998 Category:

‘Spit-your-tea-out funny.’ -Fern Brady’Raw, brutal and life-affirming’ -Sara Pascoe’Addictive, exhilarating and raw’ -Daisy Buchanan, author of Insatiable’Graphic, explicit, visceral’ -Irish Times’Blistering’ -Sunday Business Post’Transcendent’ -Irish IndependentMarise was nine when she first realised there was trouble, 14 when her Dad tried to end it all, and 23 when he finally succeeded.

In a turmoil of conflicting emotions she runs, leaving behind Dublin and her Catholic girlhood and fleeing to New York, where she gets into a messy relationship with an older comedian who she idolises and who tells her she’s special – until she’s not. With a trail of sex, self-destruction and a near miss with Scientology in her back pocket, eventually she finds herself in a California psych ward, a young woman imploding. As she retells her unravelling from child to adult, Marise strips back her identity and her relationship with her father, layer by layer, until she finally starts to understand how to live with him, years after he has gone.

Written beautifully, with a caustic sense of humour and brutal honesty, Trouble is one of the most powerful coming-of-age memoirs in recent years.

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