All the Wrong Places, by Philip Connors


At the age of twenty-three, Philip Connors was a young man on the make. He'd left behind the Minnesota pig farm on which he'd grown up and the brother with whom he'd never been especially close. He had a magazine job lined up in New York City and a future unfolding exactly as he’d hoped. Then one phone call out of the blue changed everything. All the Wrong Places is a searingly honest account of the aftermath of his brother's shocking death, exploring both the pathos and the unlikely humor of a life unmoored by loss. With ruthless clarity and a keen sense of the absurd, Connors slowly unmasks the truth about his brother and himself, to devastating effect. All the Wrong Places is a powerful look back at wayward years―and a redemptive story about finding one's rightful home in the world.

Praise for All the Wrong Places

“Find room on your bookshelf next to Wallace Stegner and Norman Maclean; Philip Connors is here to stay.”
—Alexandra Fuller

“As this sparklingly well-written memoir bores deeper toward the heart of something that cannot be understood, it keeps getting impossibly better, becoming that much more absorbing, that much more tender, more thoughtful, wry, and heartfelt. This is a marvelous book.
—Charles Bock

Philip Connors is one hell of a storyteller.”
—Sean Wilsey

256 pages.

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