In Back From the Abyss, Kieran Doherty takes the reader along on the wild ride that was his life. With a voice reminiscent of Pete Hamill’s in A Drinking Life and a childhood as tough as Frank McCourt’s in Angela’s Ashes, he tells his story, full of wit, bravado, and Irish charm. We watch him change from altar boy to rebel … then throw away a promising career in the theater. We follow him through his almost unbelievable adventures in the military … through four marriages and countless lovers … through the alcohol-fueled crimes that ultimately landed him in prison … and, finally, through the ugly reality of the cancer that killed him. Along the way, we get a feel for the internal pain, the constant struggle of the “low-bottom” alky to make it from one day to the next.
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Kieran Doherty started his writing career as a journalist. For more than 40 years, he wrote newspaper and magazine articles about business, travel, health, and investing. During that time, he also published several short stories and 14 nonfiction young adult books. One of those books, Sea Venture, a history of the settlement of Bermuda and Jamestown, was nominated as Nonfiction Book of the Year by the Library of Virginia. His memoir, Back From the Abyss: The Autobiography of a Low-Bottom Alky, was completed shortly before he died in 2010 at the age of 64.