Book Review: Lust & Wonder


Lust & Wonder

Augusten Burroughs

St. Martin’s Press

304 pages

Lust & Wonder is Burroughs’ newest memoir and it details his last three romantic relationships.

The first one seems like a throwaway compare to the other two because it was relatively short. Burroughs meets one of his favorite authors and is instantly enamored. It becomes obvious pretty quickly, especially to the reader, that these two guys aren’t a good fit, but Burroughs is so determined to make it work that he has a hard time admitting to himself that it is time to move on.

Burroughs’ next relationship is with Dennis and lasts and entire decade. Everything starts off well enough but then, once again, the reader becomes aware that this relationship is doomed. I almost didn’t want to believe it was as bad as Burroughs described it, because it just seemed so lonely and depressing. Nothing completely horrible happened, but it was obvious the pair didn’t bring anything good out of one another. The realization of how wrong they are for one another hits Burroughs out of nowhere and he immediately starts attempting to break up with Dennis. Meanwhile, Dennis admits he hasn’t been happy for the past eight years, yet still hopes to salvage the relationship. It was not to be though because . . .

The last part of the book deals with Burroughs’ relationship with his husband, Christopher. Christopher and Burroughs met ten years ago, right before Dennis came into the picture. Christopher is Burroughs’ agent and the two have a very close friendship, until one day when Burroughs realizes suddenly that he is madly in love with Christopher. I really have to hand it to Burroughs because he wastes no time. He immediately emails Christopher to profess his love. The book goes on to detail their relationship up until the present day.

Another interesting aspect of Lust & Wonder is how it chronicled Burroughs’ writing career. I have read almost all of his books, so it was fun to read about him actually writing them.

I think Augusten Burroughs may be my spirit animal. I just find his sardonic wit so damn funny. This was no different in Lust & Wonder, despite the heavy subject matter at times. Burroughs was also able to chronicle his relationships in a very genuine, honest way. It can’t be easy to share your most intimate thoughts and moments, and yet he did it in a way that was totally relatable to the reader. If you have been in at least one relationship, whether it be good or bad, you will be able to relate to this book.


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