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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (566 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mick Foley Narrator: Mick Foley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2003 ISBN: 9780739304440
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A remarkable debut novel—given extraordinary life by its amalgam of energy, raw authentic language, and, at the core, a surprising gentleness.

It is the work of the constantly amazing wrestler-writer Mick Foley, whose two volumes of autobiography, Have a Nice Day! and Foley Is Good, were each number one on the New York Times National Best-seller List.
It tells the story and speaks in the voice—at once innocent and too knowing for his age—of Antietam (Andy) Brown, named for the great-great-great- grandfather who died on that Civil War battlefield. Andy at seventeen is himself the veteran of a violent boyhood, having been locked up in the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center for killing a teenager who attempted to rape him.

Now, after seven years, he is out, free, at a crossroads, trying to make a fresh start, to fit into the life of Conestoga High School in the small upstate New York town to which he has been brought by his father—absent from his life since he was a month old. The man is certainly charismatic. He is also crude, apparently addicted to bodybuilding, beer swilling, and (his own words for his serial womanizing) “bareback riding.” He has no visible job, no known past.

Associated by the town with his father’s coarseness, hectored by the boorish football coach and the coach’s pack of steroid-pumping teens, feeling himself losing ground, Andy is stunned to discover that the most popular girl in town is attracted to him. Terri, the homecoming queen, the school beauty, every boy’s dream girl, a born-again Christian, a really nice girl. Andy can’t believe it. He is immediately head over heels in love—first love—and determined to protect Terri from everything bad on earth. Worried that his father, even he himself, might contaminate her, and determined for her sake to discover what his father is, Andy begins to delve into the locked rooms and dangerous currents of the elder Tietam Brown’s past and present.
What happens is told in a novel that is appealingly direct, moving, and altogether pleasurable in its superb storytelling and celebration of the human spirit.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Foley] has found a ring of truth in the world of books. . . . he has created a work of fiction that is part grotesque, part noir and part cautionary tale on the evils of bad parenting. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Surprisingly moody. . . . Marked with brilliant imagery and a dark, yet melodic, story. Pittsburgh Live
  • Compulsively readable. . . . [Foley] knows how to weave an intriguing if somewhat offbeat tale. Library Journal
  • Tietam Brown is both entertaining and disturbing, both a coming-of-age novel and a mystery of character, both funny and tragically sad. Charlotte Observer
  • Tietam Brown, a strange mix of J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, is definitely not for the faint of heart. . . . [A] sad and disturbing tale. Bookpage
  • A dark and violent, funny and sweet coming-of-age story. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • “It makes you laugh so hard sometimes it makes you cry. . . . Tietam Brown announces the coming of a promising novelist of the American obscene. Chicago Tribune
  • “Rollicking, violent, and sometimes uproariously funny. . . . Frighteningly readable. Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • Tietam Brown is a disturbing coming-of-age story filled with gut-wrenching violence that makes the soulful musings of Holden Caulfield seem unbearably saccharin and ridiculously over-privileged by comparison. Baltimore Sun

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Pease | 2/20/2014

    " Shockingly good fiction from wrestling's resident writer. Tietam's story is very graphic, and may not appeal to non-wrestling fans, but the writing is surprisingly good, and can be enjoyed by anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 2/14/2014

    " It seems depressing, but is actually very good. Yes, it is crude, but also amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davy | 2/13/2014

    " This book is one of my favorites. It grabs you from start to finish. You find yourself rooting for young Andy as you follow his tough life. The end is a little sad but also fitting. I love this book and truly think it should be a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Springer | 2/12/2014

    " my wife has been trying to get me to read this for a couple of years because I'm a big fan of Mick Foley's autobiographies. I kept putting it off, but I started reading it the other day on my lunch break and was really sucked right into the story. Burned through the first 100 pages in about 50 minutes and I really am impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Doucet | 2/10/2014

    " Great book and very interesting story. Yet another great book by Mick Foley most will not give a chance because of who he is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 2/6/2014

    " Pretty lurid, pretty entertaining. Definitely the best book by a former wrestler I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 2/5/2014

    " One of the most twisted books I've ever read. That being said...I loved it. Just as good & twisted as any Chuck Palahniuk book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 2/3/2014

    " Alternately obsecene and warm-hearted, it didn't come together at the end. I finished feeling very unsatisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/19/2014

    " Wow, totally unexpected! After reading his nonfiction work, I didn't expect to completely lose Mick Foley in his main character, but Andy is amazingly vivid, and the supporting cast also jumps out from the pages. I read this book in about 2 1/2 hours, and couldn't stop until I'd finished! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Aloise | 1/4/2014

    " Read it twice. Made me physically uneasy both times. In a good way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrie | 12/16/2013

    " Mick Foley's first novel is disturbing but engrossing, I originally read it when it was released several years ago but will be re-reading it this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabella | 12/2/2013

    " Sad, sick, funny and very disturbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 10/19/2013

    " Foley's first novel. Very dark coming of age tale. A good read with lots of odd characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bigmuzz | 10/18/2013

    " quite the opposite of what i was expecting from mick foley, but a very pleasant surprise. this is a real novel, and a very good one at that. at times very sad and dark, and other times funny and uplifting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dale | 10/7/2013

    " Mick Foley surprised me with this one. I didn't expect much from a novel written by a wrestler, but this was a pretty decent read. It was brutal at times, and was loaded with cringe-inducing scenes, but I would recommend the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Franke | 9/29/2013

    " it is in german, so I am part of the way through the 1st page... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regen | 4/20/2013

    " I give it four stars, but there is a lot of sadness and tough stuff to read. I just loved the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Grimes | 1/30/2013

    " A wrestler writing a wrestling book about a fictional pro wrestler. Semi entertaining but I would have rather had the real stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Dennis | 11/9/2012

    " Leave your preconceptions behind and prepare to be in hysterics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon C | 9/15/2012

    " An odd mixture of themes and ideas that are certainly original but left me wondering what the point of it all really was. Foley is an engaging writer as he proved in his autobiographies and this was readable and enjoyable if not outstanding for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexi | 9/1/2012

    " Great coming of age story, on par with Perks of Being a Wallflower (but better in my opinion). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 9/1/2012

    " I loved this coming of age book. The characters were weird and the writing style funny. Pro wrestlers are artists as Michael pointed out, so he wasn't surprised that this guy wrote a book. The main character puts into words so well and so deprecatingly daily situations regarding love and life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 5/24/2012

    " A lifetime of chairshots to the head didn't do this book any harm. A great read. Bang bang! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cal Andrews | 10/24/2011

    " Picked this book up randomly from a pile that a friend of mine was throwing out and was hooked after the first line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 7/31/2011

    " simply the most depressing book ive ever read. But i thought it was really well done for someone who used to be a pro wrestler. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 3/25/2011

    " This book was terrible. I found it crude, graphic, and just a bit much. I'm sure there are people out there who might like this book, but I wasn't one of them. Mick Foley - in my opinion - is much better suited to write non-fiction books about wrestling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrence | 2/19/2011

    " Not bad, not great - I'm glad I read it. Foley has a very easy style - his novel writing is as comfortable and conversational as his memoirs. This is a coming of age story with some odd elements. I'm not sure I liked the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 1/29/2011

    " A wrestler writing a wrestling book about a fictional pro wrestler. Semi entertaining but I would have rather had the real stories.


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 1/6/2011

    " Read it twice. Made me physically uneasy both times. In a good way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Pease | 1/1/2011

    " Shockingly good fiction from wrestling's resident writer. Tietam's story is very graphic, and may not appeal to non-wrestling fans, but the writing is surprisingly good, and can be enjoyed by anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrence | 12/3/2010

    " Not bad, not great - I'm glad I read it. Foley has a very easy style - his novel writing is as comfortable and conversational as his memoirs. This is a coming of age story with some odd elements. I'm not sure I liked the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regen | 6/13/2010

    " I give it four stars, but there is a lot of sadness and tough stuff to read. I just loved the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 2/27/2009

    " Alternately obsecene and warm-hearted, it didn't come together at the end. I finished feeling very unsatisfied. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrie | 12/31/2008

    " Mick Foley's first novel is disturbing but engrossing, I originally read it when it was released several years ago but will be re-reading it this year. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 6/3/2008

    " Wow, totally unexpected! After reading his nonfiction work, I didn't expect to completely lose Mick Foley in his main character, but Andy is amazingly vivid, and the supporting cast also jumps out from the pages. I read this book in about 2 1/2 hours, and couldn't stop until I'd finished! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexi | 4/25/2008

    " Great coming of age story, on par with Perks of Being a Wallflower (but better in my opinion). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 4/17/2008

    " Foley's first novel. Very dark coming of age tale. A good read with lots of odd characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie | 12/27/2007

    " It seems depressing, but is actually very good. Yes, it is crude, but also amazing! "

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