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Written by Brad LandAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Brad Land

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
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  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • On Sale: March 1, 2005
  • Price: $12.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-8129-6968-9 (0-8129-6968-5)
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A searing memoir of masculinity, violence, and brotherhood, Goat provides an unprecedented window into the emotional landscape of young men and introduces a writer of uncommon grace and power.

Reeling from a terrifying assault that has left him physically injured and psychologically shattered, nineteen-year-old Brad Land must also contend with unsympathetic local police, parents who can barely discuss “the incident” (as they call it), a brother riddled with guilt but unable to slow down enough for Brad to keep up, and the feeling that he’ll never be normal again. When Brad’s brother enrolls at Clemson University and pledges a fraternity, Brad believes he’s being left behind once and for all. Desperate to belong, he follows. What happens there—in the name of “brotherhood,” and with the supposed goal of forging a scholar and a gentleman from the raw materials of boyhood—involves torturous late-night hazing, heartbreaking estrangement from his brother, and, finally, the death of a fellow pledge. Ultimately, Brad must weigh total alienation from his newfound community against accepting a form of brutality he already knows too well.

"With a uniquely hip narrative style, gritty with plenty of heart, Land recounts what it's like to pledge a fraternity in order to gain his peer's respect and admiration....Immensely readable, Land's tough yet tender book speaks to the fears and isolation of young alienated adults with compelling power, candor, and compassion." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)