New memoir reveals one man’s journey from childhood trauma, addiction to enlightened life

LOWELL, Mass. — This week marks the nationwide release of “Why, Brother, Why?,” a revealing and poignant new biography by authors Gerry Brewster with Michael Cormier.

In “Why, Brother, Why?,Brewster recounts a life derailed by child abuse and drug addiction. Physically abused by the adult men in his life, who considered his behavior oppositional and disrespectful, Brewster developed self-esteem problems early on. Then, he was sent to a Catholic boarding school, and all hell broke loose for the young boy. Sexually violated by priests and violently abused by others, Brewster came away more damaged than ever. Eventually, he fell in with gamblers, mobsters and drug abusers and spent the next 30 years addicted to heroin and other opiates.

Yet, Brewster is a survivor. In “Why, Brother, Why?,” he describes a long, harrowing fall toward absolute rock bottom, only to pull himself out again through sheer determination. Told with light humor and sometimes skin-crawling detail, this book is a positive message for other addicts and victims of child abuse.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Brewster has spent most of his life in Lowell, Massachusetts, where most of the events in “Why, Brother, Why?” take place. A former roofing contractor and salesperson, he is now retired and is enjoying life surrounded by friends and family. Readers may contact him through his e-mail: [email protected]

Cormier is a freelance copywriter and ghostwriter. He is the author of the novels, “Sumner Island” and “Convention,” as well as award-winning short stories. He lives with his wife, MaryLou, in Atkinson, New Hampshire, where he is working on his next novel. Readers may contact him through his e-mail as well: [email protected]

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