Robert Goolrick: He Wrote a Lacerating Memoir of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Other Family Secrets Followed By Acclaimed Novels About Endurance in the Face of Tragedy

From a Washington Post obit by Adam Bernstein headlined “Robert Goolrick, whose books explored tragedy and endurance, dies at 73:”

Robert Goolrick, a New York advertising executive whose firing at 54 liberated him to write a lacerating memoir of childhood sexual abuse and other family secrets, followed by acclaimed novels about endurance in the face of suffering and tragedy, died in Lynchburg, Va. He was 73.

The cause was pneumonia and complications from the coronavirus, said the actor and producer Bob Balaban, a friend of Mr. Goolrick’s since the 1970s, when they met on a Kool-Aid commercial.