In the autobiography "honest, funny, with black humor... touching" (The New York Times), the beloved star of the series "Friends" takes us behind the scenes of the successful series and into his struggles with addiction.
"Hi, my name is Matthew, though you may beYou know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And I should be dead.”
Thus begins the fascinating story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, who takes us on his journey from childhood aspirations to fame to addiction and recovery after a life-threatening health crisis. Before the frequent hospital visits and rehab periods, five-year-old Matthew flew from Montreal to Los Angeles and moved between his estranged parents; Fourteen-year-old Matthew was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; Twenty-four-year-old Matthew picked up a coveted role as a lead crew member in the pilot in question, then called "Friends Like Us"... and much more.
In an extraordinary story that only he knows how to tell - and in the honest, funny and exposed way that only he can tell it - Matthew Perry reveals the broken family that raised him (and also left him to fend for himself), the desire for recognition that drove him to fame, and the void inside him that could not be filled Even through fulfilling his greatest dreams. But he also details the peace he found in sobriety, how he feels about the power of "friends" influence, and shares stories about his teammates and other stars he met along the way. With great honesty, self-awareness and his characteristic humor, Perry vividly describes his life's struggle with addiction and what fueled it, even though he seemingly had it all.
Friends, Lovers and the Big Awful Thing is an unforgettable, intimate and eye-opening autobiography - as well as a helping hand for anyone struggling to stay sober. Exposed, moving and very funny, this is the book his fans have been waiting for.