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I Will Be Complete: A memoir

Glen David Gold

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From the bestselling author of Carter Beats the Devil and Sunnyside, a shocking, big-hearted memoir about his bizarre upbringing in California in the 1970s and how he survived it.

Glen David Gold grew up rich on the beaches of 1970s California, until his father lost a fortune and his parents divorced when he was ten.

Glen and his English mother moved to San Francisco, where she was fleeced by a series of charming con men and turned increasingly wayward. When he was twelve, she took off for New York without telling him, leaving him to fend for himself. On midnight streets and at drug-fuelled parties, wise-cracking his way through an alarming adult world, Glen watched his mother's countless, wild attempts to reinvent herself.

In this exceptional memoir, acclaimed novelist Glen David Gold captures his bizarre, lonely upbringing and how it shaped him as an adult with stunning insight and unsparing candour. Shocking, mordantly funny and achingly affecting, he tells an unforgettable story of the years he spent trying to rescue his mother - and his ultimate realisation that only by breaking free could he ever hope to be complete.

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Praise for I Will Be Complete: A memoir


  • Marvellous . . . A quirky life story that transmutes into a John Buchan thriller . . . Engaging, comical, and yes, magical - Indpendent on Sunday

  • An electrifying mystery tour . . . casts a spell that is sly, intoxicating, deceitful and enduring. Savour its every page - Independent

  • Here is a book to blow you away. It seeks to stun and amaze and deceive and, always, to entertain . . . it works on every level - Guardian

  • A top-hat-and-tails performance . . . suspenseful, compendious, moving and persuasive

  • An extraordinary story . . . a daredevil feat of writing that will remind you how much fun reading can be - Daily Telegraph

  • [A] spectacular recreation of a lost world - Sunday Times

  • This pacy books rips along to a marvellous and truly unexpected denouement - The Times


  • Sumptuous . . . a dazzling blend of fact and fiction . . . a gloriously enjoyable read, with pleasures on almost every page - Daily Telegraph

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Glen David Gold

Glen David Gold was born and grew up in California, where he currently lives. His first novel, CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL was published in 2001, when it was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and has been translated into 14 languages. His second novel, SUNNYSIDE, was published in 2009. His short stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Playboy and McSweeney's.

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