Goat A Memoir Author:Brad Land 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 ... more »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.
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.« less
Goat is a memoir that reads like briskly paced fiction. The first part tells of a brutal assault on the author that forever changes the dynamics of his family. In the second portion, Land joins his brother at Clemson University, and pledges to the same fraternity. The violence and humiliation he faces during hazing rituals force he and his brother to come to terms with the incident in his past.
Goat tells a shocking and terrifying story, even more so because it is true.
A very powerful memoir that grabs you with stark and intense language. I read this straight through in one afternoon; could not put it down once I started it. Almost poetic in style and parts were very dark and disturbing, but riveting the entire way through. One of the best I've read this year.