Oran Canfield

  • Freefall

  • Whether he was performing the circus as a reluctant child juggler, living in a punk rock commune or staying with a coke-addled cop in Mexico on a school exchange program, Oran Canfield never had a 'normal' childhood.

    After being abandoned as a baby by his motivational guru father (Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books) Oran spent time with a succession of friends, relatives, teachers, commune dwellers, socialist rebels and circus clowns. But Oran's life only truly entered freefall when he became addicted to heroin at the age of twenty-three. His parents are again united in their desire to make him quit, but Oran is convinced that he is beyond all help ...

    Freefall is Oran's remarkably honest, often hilarious and compulsively readable memoir, which shows that sometimes you have to hit rock bottom in order to start living life fully, and for yourself.

Oran Canfield is the son of Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. He has held jobs as a bike messenger, piano restorer, housecleaner and limo drive. Early in 2000, after seven separate stints in rehab, he got clean off drugs after attending an experimental treatment centre in the Virgin Islands. He currently lives in Brooklyn and works as a freelance art installer for art galleries and designer Donna Karan. He is also invoived in the underground experiemental music and arts community and performs as a drummer in his band.

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