➸ Hollywood Park Free ➮ Author Mikel Jollett – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHOLLYWOOD PARK is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults and subjected to a childhood fill THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHollywood Park is a remarkable memoir of a tumultuous life Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty addiction and emotional abuse Yet ultimately his is a story of fierce love and family loyalty told in a raw poetic voice that signals the emergence of a uniuely gifted writer We were never young We were just too afraid of ourselves No one told us who we were or what we were or where all our parents went They would arrive like ghosts visiting us for a morning an afternoon They would sit with us or walk around the grounds to laugh or cry or toss us in the air while we screamed Then they’d disappear again for weeks for months for years leaving us alone with our memories and dreams our uestions and confusion So begins Hollywood Park Mikel Jollett’s remarkable memoir His story opens in an experimental commune in California which later morphed into the Church of Synanon one of the country’s most infamous and dangerous cults Per the leader’s mandate all children including Jollett and his older brother were separated from their parents when they were six months old and handed over to the cult’s “School” After spending years in what was essentially an orphanage Mikel escaped the cult one morning with his mother and older brother But in many ways life outside Synanon was even harder and erraticIn his raw poetic and powerful voice Jollett portrays a childhood filled with abject poverty trauma emotional abuse delinuency and the lure of drugs and alcohol Raised by a clinically depressed mother tormented by his angry older brother subjected to the unpredictability of troubled step fathers and longing for contact with his father a former heroin addict and ex con Jollett slowly often painfully builds a life that leads him to Stanford University and eventually to finding his voice as a writer and musician Hollywood Park is told at first through the limited perspective of a child and then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him Although Mikel Jollett’s story is filled with heartbreak it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal.
- 384 pages
- Hollywood Park
- Mikel Jollett
- 10 November 2014 Mikel Jollett