In his raw, poetic and powerful voice, Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty, trauma, emotional abuse, delinquency and the lure of drugs and alcohol. Raised by a clinically depressed mother, tormented by his angry older brother, subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step-fathers and longing for contact with his father, a former heroin addict and ex-con, Jollett slowly, often painfully, builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and, eventually, to finding his voice as a writer and musician.
Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child, and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.
“Giving voice to both the little boy born into a cult and the grown man leading a hit band, but still lost in the world... Mikel Jollett is raw, honest, broken, and healing in this extraordinary memoir.” ~ Mary O'Malley, Bookseller, Anderson’s Bookshop, La Grange
Hollywood Park: A Memoir by Mikel Jollett / On Sale May 5, 2020 / ISBN 9781250621566 / $27.99 / Hardcover
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