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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (235 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Anastas Narrator: Tim Lundeen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When he was three, in the early 1970s, Benjamin Anastas found himself in his mother’s fringe-therapy group in Massachusetts, a sign around his neck: Too Good to Be True. The phrase haunted him through his life, even as he found the literary acclaim he sought after his 1999 novel, An Underachiever’s Diary, had made the smart set take notice. Too Good to Be True is his deeply moving memoir of fathers and sons, crushing debt and infidelity—and the first, cautious steps taken toward piecing a life back together.

“It took a long time for me to admit I had failed,” Anastas begins. Broke, his promising literary career evaporated, he’s hounded by debt collectors as he tries to repair a life ripped apart by the spectacular implosion of his marriage, which ended when his pregnant wife left him for another man. Had it all been too good to be true? Anastas’ fierce love for his young son forces him to confront his own childhood, fraught with mental illness and divorce. His father’s disdain for money might have been in line with the ’70s zeitgeist—but what does it mean when you’re dumping change into a Coinstar machine, trying to scrounge enough to buy your son a meal? Charged with rage and despair, humor and hope, this unforgettable book is about losing one’s way and finding it again and about the redemptive power of art.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donna | 2/10/2014

    " It started out well but floundered toward the end. I felt like telling the author to get a job, for cryin' out loud. You have a son to support. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abbey | 2/3/2014

    " started slow, and a little too self-depricating, but ended up redeeming itself in the end. I hope this author has found a path. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cynthia | 2/1/2014

    " This was a sad book really. Ending on an equally sad note. That said, the author captured the despair of "failing," in a writer's life. A little dark but one could definitely feel what it must have been like to be down so low. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Sara Molinaro | 1/29/2014

    " Good grief, what a pity party. I'm still not sure what Anastas thinks he is owed in life, but in this memoir, I found it impossible to empathize with his predicament(s) as his arrogance is basically seeping through the pages. "

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