What a wonderful author. The subject matter is very disturbing, but she writes the truth, and beautifully.
What a sad book. Nothing good happens to this family and it gets worse. The author brought the characters to life but they were not happy people. I liked the last sentence of merlinsdad comment. describes the book beautifully.
Wow. This is a beautiful book. At first I was dubious despite the good reviews, due primarily to the subject matter. I was half expecting a verbal Trainspotting, or a hard hitting "life in a methadone clinic", or a sociopolitical diatribe on America's failure to deal with our drug problem. What I found instead was lyric prose, simply and arrestingly beautiful. I was constantly stopped dead in my tracks after reading lines such as, 'The light was beginning to redden toward sunset, flooding the landscape with carmine, as though beauty itself were a color.' This is about people coping with themselves and their families, and you are elegantly ushered into the family for the duration of the book.
A beautifully written story of a mother trying to cope with her son's drug addiction.
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