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The Hurry-Up Song: A Memoir of Losing My Brother

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Out of love, anger, and grief Clifford Chase has crafted a moving and brilliant memoir of loss and family bonds. With startling honesty, he evokes scenes of life in a suburban American family and illuminates the strong ties that are woven between two gay brothers as they become adults. Chase documents how, in turn, the family dynamics change forever when one brother—the el ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 26th 1999 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published 1995)
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Ben Flint
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
charming and melancholy.
Jack
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Moral: pay attention

The mayhap moral of the story by Clifford Chase about his older brother Ken, who died from AIDS ‘in a small house in San Diego, February 22, 1989’ - is to pay attention, writes Wayne Koestenbaum in the Foreword of the book by Clifford Chase, The Hurry-Up Song – A Memoir of Losing My Brother (published in 1995).

I liked this story about the youngest child of the family, who just happens to be gay, writing about his older brother; by about 6 years, who also just happens to b
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Djrmel
Mar 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Told in a mix of stream of concious, linear time, and a bit of journal entries, Chase's memoir of how his big brother's life and death effected his life is strangely non-emotional. As a non-fiction look inside a writer's heart and mind, it's sad and sweet. Chase quite honestly shows his weaknesses, maybe even dwells on them too much, to the point I wished he was nearby and I could tell him to quit beating up on himself. But, as a writer, I know it's that beating up, and what we do to escape it, ...more
Peadaar Morrissy
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
The first 10 or so chapters were pretty cool, although I did not like the writer himself, I don't know why. He was just annoying and if my brother was dying I would have done a whole lot more to help or at least speak/talk to him. Then weirdly the last few chapters are little stories all about the father, pretty disappointing over all
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