Car Crash by Lech Blaine | Black Inc.

Car Crash: A Memoir

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Lech Blaine

Lech Blaine is a writer from Toowoomba, Queensland. His work appears in The Best Australian Essays, Meanjin, The Guardian and The Monthly, among others. His work has been nominated for several prizes and he was an …

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Praise for Car Crash

‘I began this book with my guts in my mouth. Then, as I read on, I winced with recognition, I laughed a lot and my heart gradually broke open. It’s odd to talk about “talent” when a book covers such sensitive, sad subject matter, but the truth is that Blaine has it. There are strong sentences, clarity of intent and tone, wicked one-liners and a mastery of metaphor. This book is for everyone – it truly captures something of “modern Australia” in a tenderly told story of one young man's tumultuous coming-of-age.’ —Bri Lee

‘A poetic, unflinching meditation on the exuberance of youth and the trauma of survival. It shines with a fierce intelligence.’ —Kristina Olsson

Car Crash is a clear-eyed, bruising and tender account of how the moments that thrust you into adulthood can take place in seconds. Lech Blaine’s journalism has long made me suspect he’s one of the best writers of his generation. Car Crash confirms it, without a doubt.’ —Benjamin Law 

Car Crash is brutal and gutting, but it’s also moving, lyrical, warmly told and very funny, with the kind of wisdom and hope that’s made possible by the understanding of pain. Blaine is a fearless writer of great agility and heart, and this book is an astonishing insight into the wild work of grief, in all its dark corners, in all its bright illuminations.’ —Brooke Davis, author of Lost & Found