- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Battered Suitcase Press (March 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615782957
- ISBN-13: 978-0615782959
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Junkie Love Paperback – March 13, 2013
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About the Author
Joe Clifford is an editor at Gutter Books and producer of Lip Service West, a “gritty, real, raw” reading series in Oakland, CA. He is the author of the short story collection Choice Cuts and novel Wake the Undertaker (Snubnose Press). Much of Joe’s writing can be found at www.joeclifford.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
We follow the narrator from past to present and back again, from speed freaks’ trailer floors, to homeless shelters, to rehabs. We walk with him into the very depths of earthly hell–cesspools of disease and despair populated by hopeless characters that make you doubt that there is any redemption for the human race. How do these people become this way? How do they live with themselves? They do, and everyday they are fighting by the hour to extinguish a hunger that will never be satiated.
The characters flux in and out of each other’s lives. Friends are made and lost. Lovers are sworn to and left behind. But throughout the book no one really touches the heart and soul of another because the drugs seal them in a membrane that keeps them from ever truly connecting. Together yet separate, they are companions in addiction–the one true love being that perfect high.
Joe Clifford’s prose is reminiscent of The Beats–romantic, poetic, and sonorous, making a nice juxtaposition to the emotional and physical muck the main character wades through. The narrator describes his surroundings with reverence, especially San Francisco, and his love for all that surrounds him simmers beneath the darkest of subject matter.
Junkie Love demonstrates just how much an addict is willing to sacrifice for one more fix. It also follows a hero’s journey–from boyhood dreams, to grown up disappointment, and eventually a homecoming to his true being.
More or less a junkie’s memoir, Junkie Love describes Clifford’s addictions, as well as the behaviors that both contributed to, and were caused by, those addictions. He makes no excuses for what is often irresponsible and sometimes reprehensible behavior. Anyone looking for verification of the idea of a “low-life junkie” will find it in Junkie Love, if all they do is skim the surface.
What they’ll also find is a man who is not a drug-manufactured sociopath; there’s a lot more here. Clifford is honest about himself, about those who tried to stick by him, and those who helped to keep him in the addict culture, without blaming them. Everything is told in a matter-of-fact tone, often almost sounding like he’s responding to an interviewer’s question. He gives himself no sympathy, and asks for none. He grants himself no extra credit for getting straight, and expects none; it was time, and he did it. It was hard, and he had doubts all along the way, but he stuck with it.
I’m no addiction counselor, but they could do worse than to make Junkie Love required reading for anyone entering a program. See if they recognize themselves, and let them know what to expect. Not to scare them straight—I doubt any hard-core junkie would respond to such melodrama—but the show them it can get better. But they’re going to have to want to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Junkie Love" is another thing again - an extraordinary, fearless and best of all, humble work that avoids self-justification and...Read more