Up­com­ing book on ‘Brat Pack’ era to be long-de­layed reck­on­ing: Mc­Carthy

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NEW YORK — Ac­tor-writer-di­rec­tor An­drew Mc­Carthy, a 57-year-old fa­ther of three, keeps get­ting asked about his “Brat Pack” years in the 1980s.

He is now ready to an­swer.

Grand Cen­tral Pub­lish­ing an­nounced Tues­day that Mc­Carthy’s “Brat: An ’80s Story” will come out next spring. Grand Cen­tral is call­ing the book “a re­veal­ing look at com­ing of age in a mael­strom, reck­on­ing with con­flicted am­bi­tion, in­no­cence, ad­dic­tion and mas­culin­ity.” Mc­Carthy is call­ing it a long-de­layed reck­on­ing.

“For years peo­ple have asked me, on a near daily ba­sis, ‘What was it like “back in the day?’ Rou­tinely, I’d of­fer up any num­ber of stock re­sponses,” he said in a state­ment. “Fi­nally I thought, ‘Let’s take a hard look un­der that rock.’ What I found sur­prised me, at times scared me, and fi­nally made sense of a lot of seem­ingly dis­parate parts of my life.”

Mc­Carthy was widely known in the ’80s for such films as “Pretty In Pink,” “Less Than Zero” and “St. Elmo’s Fire,” and for his as­so­ci­a­tion, at least as seen by the me­dia, with such con­tem­po­raries as Rob Lowe, Molly Ring­wald and Emilio Estevez.

The term “Brat Pack” was pop­u­lar­ized by an un­flat­ter­ing New York magazine story that ran in 1985 and por­trayed the young ac­tors as shal­low and self-ab­sorbed. Mc­Carthy has long dis­puted he was part of any such group, telling Peo­ple magazine in 1999 that he hadn’t seen any of his fa­mous co-stars since mak­ing “St. Elmo’s Fire.”

Over the past 30 years, Mc­Carthy has ap­peared in dozens of films and TV shows, starred in the ac­claimed play “Side Man,” writ­ten an in­tro­spec­tive travel mem­oir that Cheryl Strayed praised as a “good book about a good man” and directed episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” and “Gos­sip Girl” among other pro­grams. He has also spo­ken openly about past strug­gles, say­ing he be­gan drink­ing at age 12.

Grand Cen­tral an­nounced that he will write about ev­ery­thing from “scor­ing loose joints in Wash­ing­ton Square Park” to “Hol­ly­wood with John Hughes and an iconic cast of char­ac­ters.”

“‘Brat’ is a sur­pris­ing and in­ti­mate story of an out­sider caught up in a most un­wit­ting suc­cess.”

An­drew Mc­Carthy

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