The opening chapters were impressive. I found the writer's style and use of words, unique. But then I became quickly bored with the endless descriptions of her affairs with men who ultimately, rejected her. That she would stay in a long-term relationship with Bruce, tolerating his infidelities became increasingly infuriating. Her addiction to men becomes the dominant theme, rather than her addiction to alcohol. This obviously intelligent author wanders about in chapter after chapter of flashbacks that are hard to follow. I don't like reading a book that continually leaves me asking, "Wait-a-minute, what's going on here?" Perhaps an astute editor would have brought more cohesion to the book. In my view, it should have been narrowed down to half its size. Too repetitive. Many of the chapters could have been eliminated, and if so, the book would have been a great read.
Unsure where all the positive reviews are coming from! I found it a fairly dull, self indulgent story of a middle class academic who spends the bulk of her time in retreats and not that enlightening on subject of addiction.
I wholeheartedly agree with reviewer Steve-o, (I stopped reading 2/3rd's of the way through), and wanted to add that while confession is good for the soul, please don't tout your work as a book on sobriety, when in fact it does not convey that premise - How HONEST is THAT???... Granted, I am willing to assume that her trip through promiscuity may be the story of her journey to, and beginnings of her sobriety, in her mind...It's just that she doesn't clearly make the necessary connections, as she's too busy reliving the soft porn versions of her reality... IF she had the ability to connect those dots, there would be less sex and more of the reasons WHY she found herself in these dungeons of self-abuse, and HOW she escaped, thereby giving others with similar circumstances a hand up out of the mire... I found this book to be anything but an encouragement of sobriety, and in no way uplifting... Yet, I can't help to think it may have made her feel better to vent, which seems to be the ONLY purpose for this book, and for that I'm glad for her... But REGRET that I, and countless others, actually PAID to read it!