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Clean by Michele Kirsch


A story of addiction, recovery and the removal of stubborn stains

Michele Kirsch

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Imprint: Short Books Ltd
Publisher: Short Books Ltd
Publication date: 7 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781780723815

This is a remarkable, powerful, and often unbearably funny memoir in which cleaning and getting clean intertwine as a strange and magical form of redemption.

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5 stars out of 5

"Rarely can a dark memoir have been so comic, or a comic memoir so dark"

Michele was six when her father was killed in a train crash. ‘There were two casualties: my father, and a nun . . . All I hoped was that he was asleep, and that the nun was, too.’

Thus begins Michele Kirsch’s extraordinary memoir of drug addiction, alcoholism and domestic cleaning. Rarely can a dark memoir have been so comic, or a comic memoir so dark... Just another depressing memoir of drug and alcohol addiction? Well, no. This one is enhanced, made strangely hilarious and given a refreshingly different kind of poignancy, with its 26 ‘cleaning’ interludes. These appear between most chapters, in a different font, and I found myself savouring each one.