Sex, Drugs and Bipolar opens with this: “I was raped when I was ten. I spent much of the rest of my life self-destructing.”
This autobiographical novel follows the life of Will, a bipolar broken boy. As he grows up, he struggles with hypersexuality, drug use and crime, as they tear apart his relationships and result in periods of profound depression. With his wife, adopted son and psychiatrist, he works to escape this cycle.
The novel spans Will’s life from age ten to thirty four, and tells the story in the first person present tense of his taking LSD, sleeping with many boys and women, and struggling with money, jobs and petty crime. In 1989 he is hospitalized for suicidal depression. There he meets Frank, his psychiatrist. Their sessions are woven throughout the story, providing Will with an opportunity for retrospective insight, nostalgia and regret; though in the end, this is a story of redemption.
Sex, Drugs and Bipolar takes place in and around New York City, with a diverse group of BIPOC characters. It is targeted at adults and is complete at 76,916 words.
This book has been extensively workshopped at Grub Street in Boston. It will appeal to fans of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
Bio: I have published a dozen programming books, but this is my first novel. I have a Twitter following of 13,500 and I have extensive experience creating both web sites and podcasts that can be used to promote this book.