Coming August 21st

“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, The Big Sick

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Unsentimental, unexpectedly funny, and incredibly honest,
Tragedy Plus Time is a love letter to every family that has ever felt messy, complicated, or (even momentarily) magnificent.

 

Meet the Magnificent Cayton-Hollands, a trio of brilliant, acerbic teenagers from Denver, Colorado, who were going to change the world. Anna, Adam, and Lydia were taught by their father, a civil rights lawyer, and mother, an investigative journalist, to recognize injustice and have their hearts open to the universe—the good, the bad, the heartbreaking (and, inadvertently, the anxiety-inducing and the obsessive-compulsive disorder-fueling).

 

Adam chose to meet life’s tough breaks and cruel realities with stand-up comedy; his older sister, Anna, chose law; while their youngest sister, Lydia, struggled to find her place in the world. Beautiful and whip-smart, Lydia was witty, extremely sensitive, fiercely stubborn, and always somewhat haunted. She and Adam bonded over comedy from a young age, running skits in their basement and obsessing over episodes of The Simpsons.

 

When Adam sunk into a deep depression in college, it was Lydia who was able to reach him and pull him out. But years later as Adam’s career takes off, Lydia’s own depression overtakes her, and, though he tries, Adam can’t return the favor. When she takes her own life, the family is devastated, and Adam throws himself into his stand-up, drinking, and rage. He struggles with disturbing memories of Lydia’s death and turns to EMDR therapy to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder when he realizes there’s a difference between losing and losing it.

 

Adam Cayton-Holland is a tremendously talented writer and comedian, uniquely poised to take readers to the edges of comedy and tragedy, brilliance and madness. Tragedy Plus Time is a revelatory, darkly funny, and poignant tribute to a lost sibling that will have you reaching for the phone to call your brother or sister by the last page.

 

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, Backyards, and Adam Cayton-Holland Performs His Signature Bits 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.”

 

National:

 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

 

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741


Colorado:

 

The Mental Heath Center of Denver

 

Colorado Crisis Services

Call1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255

August 21st, 7:00 pm

Talk & Signing

Tattered Cover — Denver, CO

Get Tickets Here

 

August 30th, 7:30 pm

Talk & Signing

Skylight Books – Los Angeles, CA

Free —RSVP here

 

September 6th, 7:30 pm

 Talk & Signing

Boulder Bookstore – Boulder, CO

Get Tickets Here

 

September 13th

Colorado Matters

The Newman Center – Denver, CO

 

September 20th

Mental Health Initiative with Excelsior Bay Books

Trinity Church – Excelsior, MN

 

 

About the Book

About the AUTHOR

Resources

EVENTS

PRAISE

“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 “Heartfelt and brilliant.” —Patton Oswalt “This candid and humane book not only memorializes the life of a beloved sister; it also celebrates the gift of awakened spiritual and emotional sensibilities that loss inevitably leaves in its wake. Both funny and darkly poignant.” —Kirkus Reviews “A fearless, heartbreaking, and healing book told with searing honesty, love and wit.” —Bobcat Goldthwait “A searing memoir…This is Cayton-Holland’s heartbreaking work of genius. He writes with candor and care of Lydia’s bright light and his own darkest hour, making for an unforgettable read.” —Booklist “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
“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, The Big Sick
“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 “Heartfelt and brilliant.” —Patton Oswalt “This candid and humane book not only memorializes the life of a beloved sister; it also celebrates the gift of awakened spiritual and emotional sensibilities that loss inevitably leaves in its wake. Both funny and darkly poignant.” —Kirkus Reviews “A fearless, heartbreaking, and healing book told with searing honesty, love and wit.” —Bobcat Goldthwait “A searing memoir…This is Cayton-Holland’s heartbreaking work of genius. He writes with candor and care of Lydia’s bright light and his own darkest hour, making for an unforgettable read.” —Booklist “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
“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, The Big Sick
“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 “Heartfelt and brilliant.” —Patton Oswalt “This candid and humane book not only memorializes the life of a beloved sister; it also celebrates the gift of awakened spiritual and emotional sensibilities that loss inevitably leaves in its wake. Both funny and darkly poignant.” —Kirkus Reviews “A fearless, heartbreaking, and healing book told with searing honesty, love and wit.” —Bobcat Goldthwait “A searing memoir…This is Cayton-Holland’s heartbreaking work of genius. He writes with candor and care of Lydia’s bright light and his own darkest hour, making for an unforgettable read.” —Booklist “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
“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, The Big Sick
“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 “Heartfelt and brilliant.” —Patton Oswalt “This candid and humane book not only memorializes the life of a beloved sister; it also celebrates the gift of awakened spiritual and emotional sensibilities that loss inevitably leaves in its wake. Both funny and darkly poignant.” —Kirkus Reviews “A fearless, heartbreaking, and healing book told with searing honesty, love and wit.” —Bobcat Goldthwait “A searing memoir…This is Cayton-Holland’s heartbreaking work of genius. He writes with candor and care of Lydia’s bright light and his own darkest hour, making for an unforgettable read.” —Booklist “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