For the past sixteen years, Cadillac Man has lived on the streets of New York City. Over those years, he has recorded the facts of his daily life, writing hundreds of thousands of words in a series of spiral-bound notebooks. Land of the Lost Souls distills those journals into a memoir of homeless life, full of indelible characters and packed with gripping stories. In a gritty, poignant, and funny voice, Cadillac narrates his descent into homelessness, the struggles and unexpected freedoms of his life, and the story of his love affair with a young runaway, whom he eventually (and tragically) reunites with her family. Land of the Lost Souls is a book for the seven hundred thousand homeless people in the US whose stories remain on the streets, largely untold.
Cadillac Man was born in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan and has lived on the streets in four of New York’s five boroughs. His journals have been excerpted in Esquire magazine.