Never Say Goodbye by Quentin Rowan

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A powerful coming-of-age story as well as an in-depth examination of a long period of transgression, Never Say Goodbye is simultaneously a memoir and an unflinching confession. Beginning with his earliest memories of childhood theft and cheating, the author traces his path through juvenile delinquency and adolescent drug addiction to the solace he initially found in writing and other creative outlets. When he achieves sobriety at the age of twenty, however, insecurity about his early writing success begins to cloud his judgment and Rowan turns more and more frequently to stealing words from other authors.

The narrative follows Rowan’s attempts to navigate life in his early twenties, while he is simultaneously trying to become a well-known writer and not get found out. It describes the difficulty of leading a normal and honest life while keeping such a huge secret from friends and family, and culminates with the author’s descent into infamy.

Five days after the publication of his debut novel, the book is withdrawn by publisher Little, Brown after a barrage of media reports that large parts of it have been plagiarized from the work of other writers, The entire cancer of Rowan’s deception is revealed, and he is left to pick up the pieces and find a way to go on. Ultimately, the writing of this book - and the rediscovery of his own creative gifts - proves to be Quentin Rowan’s redemption.

About Quentin Rowan

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Quentin Rowan was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1976. When he was 19, a poem he wrote was chosen for inclusion in the Best American Poetry series. Subsequently he published poetry and fiction inParis Review, Bomb, and several other publications. His first novel,Assassin of Secrets, written under the pseudonym Q.R. Markham, was published by Little Brown in November, 2011. It was withdrawn from publication five days later when it was discovered that the book contained numerous plagiarized passages. Further investigation revealed that much of his earlier work was also plagiarized.
Published October 9, 2012 by Yeti Publishing. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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A former girlfriend summed up nicely the problem with Rowan’s style, calling it “show-offy and geared to impress by overwhelming the reader.” She suggested he aim for “writing that tries to communicate rather than obscure.” The author finally pulls that off in the final chapter, a straightforward...

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An affectedly "literary" confession and apology from a notorious plagiarizer.

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