Alex Abramovich

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Bullies: A Friendship

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Non-Fiction
US Henry Holt & Co Inc
2016

Once upon a time, Alex Abramovich and Trevor Latham were mortal enemies: miniature outlaws in a Long Island elementary school, perpetually at each other’s throats. Then they lost track of each other. Decades later, when they met again, Abramovich was a writer and Latham had become President of the East Bay Rats, a motorcycle club in Oakland. 

In 2010, Abramovich moved to California to immerse himself in Latham’s world—one of fight clubs, booze-filled nights, and beat-downs on the city’s streets. But dangerous, dysfunctional Oakland was also becoming one of America’s most rapidly gentrifying cities, and the questions Abramovich had arrived with were thrown into brutal relief: How do we live with the burden of violence? How do we overcome it? Do we overcome it? As Trevor, the Rats, and the city they live in careen between crises and moments of renaissance, Abramovich explores issues of friendship, family, history, and destiny—and looks at what happens when those things fail. Bullies is at once a vivid, visceral narrative of an unusual friendship and an incisive portrait of a beautiful, terrible city.

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Reviews


Bullies begins with bikers and beat-downs, but quickly becomes something bigger: a portrait of a group of men, in America's most radical city, that is at once honest, soulful, original, brutal, and just plain beautiful.

Jonathan Mahler, author of "Ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning"


Alex Abramovich is a true original and his first book, Bullies, is the real deal: A brutal, hilarious, deeply provocative look at our twisted American moment.

Sam Lipsyte


A sharp-eyed, fearlessly reported tale of personal and institutional violence.

Jenny Offill


A tragicomic exploration of male violence and bonding... Abramovich’s sharp-eyed, entertaining reportage unfolds like a mash-up of The Wild One, Fight Club, and Jackass; his examination of the Rats’ worldview is sympathetic and nuanced, but squarely faces the group’s dysfunctions and the troubling questions they raise about American society.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Alex Abramovich’s Bullies, a great book about the prickly subject of masculinity, is also a woozy parable about America today. Which is to say that it's about coming to terms with flaws and failures and watching as the ground―Oakland, in this case―shifts under your feet. It’s clear-eyed, unlyrically lyrical, and never shies from the truth. 

Luc Sante, author of "Low Life"


An engaging expose on economic disparity and violence in the Bay area... In the course of recounting his day-to-day life with the Rats, Abramovich examines Oakland history, from its beginnings to its economic decline into one of the country’s most dangerous cities... Abramovich’s personal style makes this an engaging, even touching read.

Booklist


Thoughtful and engaging... A sharp, provocative memoir of an unlikely friendship.

Kirkus


Bullies is a punchy piece of reporting with a wicked hook...the book is at its brightest in its big set pieces.

Will Boast
The New York Times
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