Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-Comic Memoir

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Gallery Books
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5.7 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Adam Cayton-Holland is a national touring comic who has appeared on Conan, @midnight, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, Happy Endings, Deadbeat, Flophouse, Hidden America with Jonah Ray, and was named one of Esquire's 25 Comics to Watch and Variety's 10 Comics to Watch. Adam co-created, writes, and stars in truTV's Those Who Can't along with his fellow members of the comedy troupe, The Grawlix. His albums I Don't Know If I Happy and Backyards are available on iTunes, and his writing has appeared in Village Voice, Spin, The A.V. Club, and The Atlantic. Adam has been described as genial and with pretty decent teeth. He is the author of Tragedy Plus Time.


"This book is so heartfelt and brilliant that I've informed my lawyers not to proceed with the lawsuit for plagiarism against the title. And it was looking like a big win, money-wise. Oh well."
--Patton Oswalt
"Adam has made me laugh many times. This is the first time he has made me cry. A gorgeous work about accepting the unthinkable with grace, humor, and love. Essential reading for anyone who has ever lost someone, anyone who has ever grieved someone, or anyone who has ever loved someone."
--Kumail Nanjiani, Academy Award-nominated writer and star of The Big Sick
"A fearless, heartbreaking, and healing book told with searing honesty, love and wit."
--Bobcat Goldthwait
"Self-mockery and true pathos make for a powerful mixture in this nuanced memoir ... Cayton-Holland's wry and wiry voice here elegantly transitions from half-cynical stand-up pose to thoughtful interpretation of the contradictions of grief ("I like to remember her constantly; I try not to think of her at all") without losing a beat. This is a vivid and heartbreaking account of two bright lives, one blessed with hard-fought success and one cut painfully short."
--Publishers Weekly
"Tragedy Plus Time absolutely gutted me--then it filled me with hope. I hate that Adam has this story to tell, but he tells it so beautifully."
--Tig Notaro
"Funny and darkly poignant."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Inspiring, tragic and at times heart-rendingly funny."
"Deeply moving."
-AV Club
"It amounts to an affecting portrait of a close-knit clan struggling to contain its feral grief, and finding themselves the more united for it... Silly and sad, clever and crude. And above all, true."
--Denver Post
"This is Cayton-Holland's heartbreaking work of genius . . . an unforgettable read."