The author of the iconic New York Times best seller Smashed undertakes a quest to confront her own anger.
In the years following the publication of her landmark memoir, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, Koren Zailckas stays sober and relegates binge drinking to her past. But a psychological legacy of repression lingers - her sobriety is a loose surface layer atop a hard- packed, unacknowledged rage that wreaks havoc on Koren emotionally and professionally.
When a failed relationship leads Koren back to her childhood home, she sinks into emotional crisis - writer's block, depression, anxiety. Only when she begins to apply her research on a book about anger to the turmoil of her own life does she learn what denial has cost her. The result is a blisteringly honest chronicle of the consequences of anger displaced and the balm of anger discovered. Listeners who recognized themselves or someone they loved in Smashed will identify with Koren's life-altering exploration and the necessity of exposing anger's origins in order to flourish in love and life as an adult. Combining sophisticated sociological research with a dramatic and deeply personal story that grapples boldly with identity and family, Fury is a dazzling work by a young writer at the height of her powers that is certain to touch a cultural nerve.
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The Second Half is Way Better than the First
When Koren got real and actually started telling her story rather than dancing around it with disjointed stories and ill-placed academic quotes.
I liked Koren's first book, Smashed, a lot. This one is different, and at first I was really disappointed, but it got better as I kept listening.
I really didn’t like this book at first, it was super scattered and nearly incoherent with a lot of extraneous quoting. She spent a lot of time talking about how hard it was to write the book, and I almost stopped listening because it was all actually somewhat annoying. But about halfway through, it seemed to really shift into a different style of narration. I think Koren shifted in her life as she was writing, and her story got a lot easier to follow and relate to from there.
- Robyn Joy