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Thick As Thieves: A Brother, a Sister--a True Story of Two Turbulent Lives Hardcover – May 1, 2007
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There were a couple bright spots in Geng's life: a period in the 80's during which he was drug-free and enjoyed some success as an actor; a relationship with a woman who might have saved him from himself if his health hadn't got in the way. But throughout his life, Geng nearly always made the wrong choices, opting for the easy fix, easy women, and easy money. What's incredible about his story is that he lived long enough to tell it. Clean now since the late 90's and living in New York, Geng has discovered a purpose in helping other addicts in recovery.
Geng isn't the only author in his family. His older sister was Veronica Geng, a longtime writer and editor for the New Yorker, who died of a brain tumor in 1997. Geng's book is in part a love letter to Veronica, whom he'd put on a pedestal since they were children. In following the trajectory of his own life, he always brings the story around to her--what she was doing at the time, how he craved her approval--though very often, given the long periods they spent apart, he is unable to tell us much.Read more ›
Thick as Thieves in many ways is no different but it doesn't seem to be as important. There are other plot lines in this well-written novel that matter more. This is a story of an older sister, Veronica Geng, the well-known New Yorker writer, and her younger brother Steve Geng. Children of a colonel in the Quartermaster Corps and a stay-at-home military mother, Veronica takes a path to success and Steve takes a path of self- destruction.
Steve Geng chronicles his life as a beatnik, jazz enthusiast, criminal, actor and junkie. He does so with passion and a certain rawness that makes you feel both empathy and rage.
Thick as Thieves answers the question: How do two children growing up in the same family turn out so different? They both had the same set of parents with the same set of opportunities. Veronica graduated from an Ivy League school while Steve Geng received his education from the streets of Paris and New York City. Veronica went on to become a successful writer for a well-known publication, and Steve Geng went on to be a career criminal spending time in jail and in rehab.
Ironically enough Steve outlived his sister. The fact that he lost touch with her in her final year of her life haunts him to this day. So to repair the damage he caused his family, he goes back to AA and becomes an active member of the recovery community in Manhattan. He did so in his fifties, the time of his life when he wrote this novel.
Mr. Geng includes an author's note at the end of this book. I suggest he move it to the beginning to take away the skepticism of the potential reader who was damaged by James Frey.
Armchair Interviews says: A family story without a happy ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great writing and dialogue. Compelling read. Read it in one day. Great stories.
Kerouac of the 21st Century. Monk and Miles in the early 60s.
This book is colorful and makes you feel like you are there.I enjyed every second....What a story and what a life!Published on May 28, 2014 by scott mayo
VERY WELL WRITTEN FUN TO READ LOTS OF EMOTIONS WRITTEN IN THIS [...] FROM A FAMILY OF FOUR ONE OLDER` BROTHER MYSELF BEING A RECOVERING ADDICT ALOT OF THIS BOOK I COULD RELATE... Read morePublished on November 24, 2009 by Jacqueline N. Russell