The groundwork for alcoholism is laid long before hitting the bottle.
I myself bought 300 copies or so but sold them all at talks, readings, and other events. Even I didn’t have my own paperback copy anymore!
I kept badgering New American Library, the publisher, to give me the rights back, but the ebook sales were high enough so that time after time, they said no.
At last, earlier this year, I had a brainstorm. I described my INCREDIBLY SUCCESSFUL career to them and suggested that they put the book back in print.
I don’t generally use this column to plug my own work, but darned if they haven’t done it!!
So for the many hundreds of thousands of you who have barely been able to eat or sleep, you can relax, log on to amazon, and purchase a brand new copy.
Sin, redemption, rehab. My tragicomic drinking story, in living color. It’ll probably always be the favorite of my books.
As everyone (I hope) knows, alcoholism is a physical, emotional, and spiritual disease. Just to demonstrate that I was an alcoholic way, way before I ever picked up a drink, here’s an excerpt from Chapter 3:
Guinness Book of World Records
as the stingiest woman on earth. Though she’d squirreled away millions of dollars, Hetty ate cold oatmeal for breakfast, wore the same black dress every day, and had a son whose leg had been amputated because she was too cheap to pay a doctor. Stockpiling against future want was an idea written deep in my bones and blood, and without yet fully knowing why, I thrilled in homage to the person who had brought it to such pathological lengths. It was the same idea that, years later, would compel me to have a few martinis not because I wasn’t feeling good then, but in case I might not be feeling good in an hour; to "brace up" with a pint or so of gin before going to the bar; to order, already falling-down drunk, three more scotches at last call. You had to store up! You had to stave off disaster! You could never, ever have enough.”
Heather King is a Catholic convert, sober alcoholic, and writer whose most recent book is STRIPPED: Cancer, Culture and The Cloud of Unknowing. She speaks nationwide and blogs at Heather King: Mystery, Smarts, Laughs. For more, see her new About page.
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