The Light Years by Chris Rush audiobook

The Light Years: A Memoir

By Chris Rush
Read by Victor Lodato

Macmillan Audio
10.74 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781250319586

The Light Years is a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, amid the upheaval of the late 1960s, was destined to fracture their precarious facade. His older sister Donna introduces him to the charismatic Valentine, who places a tab of acid on twelve-year-old Rush’s tongue, proclaiming: “This is sacrament. You are one of us now.” After an unceremonious ejection from an experimental art school, Rush heads to Tucson to make a major drug purchase and, still barely a teenager, disappears into the nascent American counterculture. Stitching together a ragged assemblage of lowlifes, prophets, and fellow wanderers, he seeks kinship in the communes of the west. His adolescence is spent looking for knowledge, for the divine, for home. Given what Rush confronts on his travels—from ordinary heartbreak to unimaginable violence—it is a miracle he is still alive. The Light Years is a prayer for vanished friends, an odyssey signposted with broken and extraordinary people. It transcends one boy’s story to perfectly illustrate the slow slide from the optimism of the 1960s into the darker and more sinister 1970s. This is a riveting, heart-stopping journey of discovery and reconciliation, as Rush faces his lost childhood and, finally, himself.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Among longlisted titles for Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2019

The Light Years is a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history

Chris Rush was born into a prosperous, fiercely Roman Catholic, New Jersey family. But underneath the gleaming mid-century house, the flawless hostess mom, and the thriving businessman dad ran an unspoken tension that, amid the upheaval of the late 1960s, was destined to fracture their precarious facade.

His older sister Donna introduces him to the charismatic Valentine, who places a tab of acid on twelve-year-old Rush’s tongue, proclaiming: “This is sacrament. You are one of us now.”

After an unceremonious ejection from an experimental art school, Rush heads to Tucson to make a major drug purchase and, still barely a teenager, disappears into the nascent American counterculture. Stitching together a ragged assemblage of lowlifes, prophets, and fellow wanderers, he seeks kinship in the communes of the west. His adolescence is spent looking for knowledge, for the divine, for home. Given what Rush confronts on his travels—from ordinary heartbreak to unimaginable violence—it is a miracle he is still alive.

The Light Years is a prayer for vanished friends, an odyssey signposted with broken and extraordinary people. It transcends one boy’s story to perfectly illustrate the slow slide from the optimism of the 1960s into the darker and more sinister 1970s. This is a riveting, heart-stopping journey of discovery and reconciliation, as Rush faces his lost childhood and, finally, himself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Another blond Alice tumbling headlong into the kaleidoscopic wonderland of American counterculture in the 1960s and ’70s.” Entertainment Weekly
“More than a queer coming-of-age story. It’s a quest for the divine…filled with sentences lit from the inside like [Rush’s] paintings” Time
“A vivid memoir.” New York Times Book Review
“This stunningly beautiful, original memoir is driven by a search for the divine.” Los Angeles Times
“Rush’s mesmerizing memoir is a detail-laden account of his turbulent adolescence in the 1960s.” BookPage (starred review)
“Rush’s storytelling shines…a mesmerizing record of his journey through adolescence.” Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“A dazzling debut memoir…In sparkling, lucid prose that perfectly captures the joy, depression, anger, and wonder that characterized his adventures…A captivating, psychedelically charged coming-of-age memoir.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Chris Rush

Author Bio: Chris Rush

Chris Rush is an award-winning artist and designer, whose work is held in various museum collections. The Light Years is his first book.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 10.74
Audience: Adult
Language: English