An odyssey of family, heartbreak, violence, punk rock, brokenness, broke-ness, sex, love, loss, drinking, drinking, drinking, and an unlikely savior: distance running.
A misfit kid at the best of times, Mishka Shubaly had his world shattered when, in a 24-hour span in 1992, he survived a mass shooting on his school's campus then learned that his parents were getting divorced. His father, a prominent rocket scientist, abandoned the family, and their home was lost to foreclosure. Shubaly swore to avenge the wrongs against his mother but instead plunged into a magnificently toxic love affair with alcohol.
Almost two decades later, Shubaly's life changed again when a fateful five-mile run after a bar fight inspired him to clean up his life. And when he finally reconnected with his estranged father, he discovered the story of his childhood was radically different from what he thought he knew.
In this fiercely honest, emotional, and self-laceratingly witty book, Shubaly relives his mistakes, misfortunes, and infrequent good decisions: the disastrous events that fractured his life; his incendiary romances; his hot-and-cold career as a rock musician; meeting his newborn nephew while out of his gourd on cough syrup. I Swear I'll Make It Up to You is an apology for choices Shubaly never thought he'd live long enough to regret, a journey so far down the low road that it took him years of running to claw his way back.
©2016 Mishka Shubaly (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I loved this book. It was honest when being honest probably wasn't easy. There was so much I could relate to. I recommend it to anyone who struggles with being a flawed human.
Let's be real, I could listen to Mishka read my grocery list and I would be all in! However, he hit it out of the park this time. I have listened to Mishka on podcasts and then listened to his other Kindle shorts so I was familiar with his story. I wondered what he could write that had not already been said (or implied). I was satisfied from beginning to end, laughed, cried all the good stuff. Thanks for putting yourself out there, well done Shubaly!
Trudging though this book, hoping this guy gets it, but he never does. I couldn't stand listening so I googled him to find out. All he does is trade alcohol for adrenaline and never faces why he drank to kill himself. A total insult to those who worked hard for sobriety taking the necessary steps. He will remain on "the Low Road" until he does. Don't be fooled by him or his successes, he's a broken man in total denial. I feel sorry for him.
There are no words that I can type that will do this book justice. Even the description of this audiobook doesn't come close to describing how much pain, joy, and pleasure is in this story.
I absolutely love it. I can't wait to read the rest of his work. His raw emotions and depictions of a life lived mirrored so many of my own, yet I could never put the words around it like Subaly has. Thank you Blackstone for believing in him and giving me this opportunity to enjoy this beautiful train wreck of life that I too am so familiar with. Cheers Mishka.
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