Yes, Storm Large is her real name, though she’s been called many things. As a performer, the majority of descriptions have led with “Amazon,” “powerhouse,” “a six-foot Vargas pinup come to life.” Playboy called her a “punk goddess.” You’d never know she used to be called “Little S”—the mini-me to her beautiful and troubled mother, Suzi.
Little S spent most of her childhood visiting her mother in mental institutions and psych wards. Suzi’s diagnosis changed with almost every doctor’s visit, ranging from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder to multiple personality disorder to depression. One day, nine-year-old Little S jokingly asked one of her mother’s doctors, “I’m not going to be crazy like that, right?” To which he replied, “Well, yes. It’s hereditary. You absolutely will end up like your mother. But not until your twenties.”
Storm’s story of growing up with a mental time bomb hanging over her veers from frightening to inspiring, sometimes all in one sentence. But her strength, charisma, and raw musical talent gave her the will to overcome it all. Crazy Enough is a love song to the twisted, flawed parts in all of us.
Rock singer Large recounts how, as a child, her world revolved around grappling with her mother’s many bouts of instability and worrying about the next time her mother would wind up in the hospital. Large’s great fear—that she might suffer the same fate—was confirmed by a careless comment by a doctor who told her that her mother’s condition was hereditary and she was doomed to fall prey to it as well. Large withdrew from her family and turned to sex and drugs as an outlet for her pain and anger. She slept with older men and did a wide array of drugs, resulting in, among other woes, nearly being arrested and getting kicked out of school. Rock and roll, specifically the formation of her band, saved Large, giving her a focus for her energy and creativity. Raw and ultimately downright inspiring, Large’s chronicle of her ascension to rock fame as her band achieves indie cred and she competes in a reality TV show will leave readers gratified that she escaped her mother’s sad fate. –Kristine Huntley –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Storm Large is an irresistibly rambunctious force of nature. Crazy Enough is shattering, gorgeous and uproarious fun.”–Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love
“Storm Large has written a bodacious book, buy it, now!” –Gus Van Sant
“Like some twisted love child of Mae West and Keith Richards, Storm Large is a force of nature. Her ballsy, heartbreaking, hysterical tour de force of a memoir is not to be missed. Crazy Enough is vulgar and fragile, tragic and empowering, and like Storm, it is always entertaining.” – – Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Heartsick and The Night Season
“With cleverness and honesty, she transforms a story that in most hands would be maudlin into yet another funny, passionate, and irreverently jarring adventure.”– Portland Monthly
“Best recognized as a contender on Rock Star: Supernova, Large has the heart of a true exhibitionist…this project marks her first literary foray, and her memoir pulls no punches. A no-holds-barred coming-of-age story replete with mental illness, drugs and sex.” —Kirkus Reviews
“We’re in complete awe of the blunt, surprisingly memoir…told in honest, poignant prose… [Large shows] all of us how to let go—not without fear and doubt, but with it.” —O magazine
“Storm Large performs with world-class symphonies and hard core rock bands…and she’s written a book worthy of both audiences. If good writing is about taking chances and pushing readers to the edge, then this is a chart buster…as she takes us on a wild and sometimes painful ride into her world of crazy.” —Larry Colton, author of Goat Brothers, Counting Coup and No Ordinary Joes
“A memoir that reads like an in-your-face mashup of Augusten Burroughs and Chelsea Handler, combining raw humor and an understandable bitterness with more than than a few oversexed anecdotes. Though not for the faint of heart, Crazy Enough proves to be a readable account of one woman’s descent into madness–and back out again.” —Shelf Awareness
“Frank, funny, and caustically un-self-pitying” —Publisher’s Weekly
“It’s too bad that readers can’t have her actually in their lives and feel the true force of Storm, but her book is so true to who she is that it is still a powerful, funny, and outrageous experience. Plus, you won’t have to deal with all of those strange sounds and dirty sheets.” —Dan Stern, actor, director, writer