In the House of My Fear

In the House of My Fear

by Joel Agee


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In the spring of 1964, Joel Agee, not quite at home in his native New York (having spent much of his boyhood and youth behind the Iron Curtain), accidentally ingests a sizeable dose of LSD. All at once he is thrown from the precincts of bohemian normalcy into a whirl of bizarre synchronicities, symbols and omens. Nothing is ever the same again. Thirty years later a sobered Joel Agee sets himself the task of recounting his adventures. He begins as a memoirist, but the truth he is seeking is not just that of memory. This book is a rescue mission — to find the ghosts of his past he must write his way into the house of his fear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593761080
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 05/28/2006
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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Peter Fenner

"With lucid, poetic realism, this book chronicles a harrowing journey into . . . a hell from which many people never return."
author of The Edge Of Certainty

Erik Wensberg

"So rich in incident, so vividly told, and often so buoyantly funny, Agee's miraculous book soars beyond glib classification."
co-author of Modern American Usage

Robert Coles

"Here is the proverbial "fear and trembling" become an instrument of exploration, reflection. Grateful readers will cherish this work."
author of The Mind's Fate

Andrei Codrescu

"A truly great book. This may even be that book of the Sixties we've always complained couldn't be written."
author of Wakefield

Siri Hustvedt

"Formally daring, ruthlessly honest, and written in limpid, expressive prose, [this book] explodes the clichés and conventions of most non-fiction."
author of What I Loved

Jamaica Kincaid

"This voluptuously rendered account of a life lived with . . . unbounded curiosity . . . is among the most wonderful memoirs I've ever read."
author of Lucy

Morris Dickstein

"An unclassifiable work, hugely ambitious, exasperatingly self-conscious, but also, at its best, piercingly eloquent and intelligent. No ordinary memoir . . ."

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