Goat

Goat

A Memoir

Book - 2004
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Follows the author's decision, in the wake of a psychologically devastating and physically detrimental assault, to follow his brother's lead in enrolling in Clemson University and pledging a fraternity, a venture that introduces him to the college's brutal world of hazing and results in his estrangement from his brother. 17,500 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

In the wake of a psychologically devastating and physically detrimental assault, the author follows his brother's lead in enrolling in Clemson University and pledging a fraternity, where he is exposed to the brutal world of hazing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400060931
1400060931
Characteristics: 210 p. ; 22 cm

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