Leaving Wayne by Danny Clune
A Story about Overcoming Trauma, Poverty, and Addiction while Growing Up in a Time of Radical Change

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When author Danny Clune was seven years old, he experienced a traumatic accident that changed the course of his life—It left a hole in his life that he would spend a lifetime repairing. In Leaving Wayne, Clune tells his coming-of-age story that takes place in rural New York State and northeastern Pennsylvania in the 1950s and ’60s.

This colorful memoir narrates the struggles of surviving shame, poverty, abuse, and succeeding in an era that went from party phone lines to cell phones, from 45s to MP3s, and from sock hops to mosh pits. Leaving Wayne tells of Clune’s childhood in a family with seven children; his struggles with addiction; his recovery; his stints as an English teacher, chef, and restaurateur in Upstate New York; his work abroad with mental health services; and the ways that 9/11 affected his life and his profession.

Throughout this story, Clune shows how the grit of rural life conflicted with the influences of prosperity and modernity that gradually overtook him and molded him into the person he became.
 

About Danny Clune

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DANNY CLUNE is a licensed clinical social worker and addictions specialist; he has traveled and worked in China, Pakistan, Malaysia, Th ailand, Peru, and Brazil training health care professionals in mental health and addictions treatment practices. Daniel Clune is an administrator for a major mental health treatment company and has a private practice in Portland, Oregon
 
Published October 11, 2012 by iUniverse. 186 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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