The Reenactments: A Memoir (Paperback)
For Nick Flynn, that game we all play the who-would-play-you-in-the-movie-of-your-life game has been resolved. The Reenactments chronicles the surreal experience of being on set during the making of the film Being Flynn, from his best-selling memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, and watching the central events of his life reenacted: his father's long run of homelessness and his mother's suicide. Flynn tells the story of Robert De Niro's first meeting with his real father in Boston and of watching Julianne Moore attempt to throw herself into the sea. The result is a mesmerizingly sharp-edged and kaleidoscopic literary tour de force as well as a compelling argument about consciousness, representation, and grief.
About the Author
Nick Flynn has worked as a ship's captain, an electrician, and a case-worker with homeless adults. His most recent book is The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands (2011), is a collection of poems that are linked to his latest memoir, The Ticking is the Bomb (2010).His previous memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, was shortlisted for France's Prix Femina, and has been translated into fourteen languages. He is also the author of a play, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins (2008), as well as two other books of poetry, Some Ether (2000), and Blind Huber (2002). Flynn's first memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, has been adapted into a full feature film called Being Flynn, which is scheduled for release in 2012 from Focus Features. Being Flynn is directed by Paul Weitz and starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, and Julianne Moore. Flynn himself is executive producer and artistic collaborator on the film. Flynn is a professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston.