Goat by Brad Land
A Memoir

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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, parents 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 enrolls 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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About Brad Land

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Brad Land studied creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he received his M.F.A., and Western Michigan University, where he served as nonfiction editor of Third Coast. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and now lives in South Carolina.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published February 3, 2004 by Random House. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Compelled by forces he doesn’t understand—obligation, tradition, security—he submits to the pledging process, which includes a ritualistic, sadistic hazing that closely reprises his experience with smile and breath, enhanced by toxic levels of alcohol.

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Nearly every hazing exercise has something in common with the abduction still fresh in Land's mind—some demand for submission, sometimes even another car ride to a place he has no desire to go.

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The Independent

The couple travel across Ireland following Catherine's studies in Belfast, to Dublin where Catherine is acting in Ferris's play, and along the capillary roads of the West.

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USA Today

This is what we're supposed to wear."Goat and similar books such as Augusten Burroughs' Running With Scissors demonstrate that writers no longer wait until their sunset years to record their memoirs.Perhaps it's the velocity of modern life, or the result of an expanding number of university writi...

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Variety

Quietly screening in the market the same day Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" kicked off the Cannes fest proper, "Goat Island" offers an alternate, more realistic tale of two summer-camp runaways roughing it in the woods alone.

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