Kafka said that a book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. Chuck Radke’s stirring, at times heartbreaking memoir, Stuccoville: Life Without a Net, is such an axe.
When I finished reading, I was in tears. I wanted to stand up and cheer the author’s unflinching honesty and filial devotion. Weeks later, I’m still seeing the world through its clarifying lens. This exuberant and harrowing story of difficult lives, of sacrifice and incapacity, is rendered with wit, charm, and intelligence. There’s not a false step taken. There’s not a sentimental moment. Just grit, grace, and gratitude.
Congratulations, Chuck. You are that writer you longed to be—but I knew that a long time ago.
John Dufresne, author of Requiem, Mass. and Love Warps the Mind a Little