Dimensions: 400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 in
Published: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 145161778X
ISBN - 13: 9781451617788
Read from the Book
All Fall Down ONE Do you generally use alcohol or drugs more than once a week? I hesitated with my hand over the page. I’d picked up the magazine to read the “How to Dress Right for Your Shape” story advertised on the cover, but it had opened to a quiz that asked “Has Your Drinking or Drug Use Become a Problem?” and something had made me stop. Maybe it was the black-and-white photograph of a woman in profile, bending sadly over her wineglass, or maybe the statistic beside it that said that prescription painkiller overdose was now the leading cause of accidental death of women in America, surpassing even car crashes. I had a pen in my hand—I’d been using it to fill out the stack of forms for Eloise’s five-year-old well-child checkup—and, almost without thinking, I made an X in the box for “Yes.” I crossed my legs and looked around Dr. McCarthy’s waiting area, suddenly worried that someone had seen what I’d written. Of course, no one was paying any attention to my little corner of the couch. Sleet ticked at the panes of the oversized windows; a radiator clunked in the corner. The lamplit room, on the third floor of an office building at the corner of Ninth and Chestnut, with a volunteer in a striped pinny at a knee-high table reading Amelia Bedelia to kids sitting in miniature chairs, felt cozy, a respite from the miserable winter weather. Three years ago my husband, Dave, my daughter, and I had moved
From the Publisher
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer
Allison Weiss got her happy ending-a handsome
husband, adorable daughter, a job she loves, and the big house in
the suburbs. But while waiting in the pediatrician's office, she
opens a magazine to a quiz about addiction and starts to wonder…Is
a Percocet at the end of the day really different from a glass of
wine? Is it such a bad thing to pop a Vicodin after a brutal Jump
& Pump class…or if your husband ignores you?
The pills help her manage the realities of her good-looking life:
that her husband is distant, that her daughter is acting out, that
her father's Alzheimer's is worsening and her mother is barely
managing to cope. She tells herself that they let her make it
through her days…but what if her increasing drug use, a habit
that's becoming expensive and hard to hide, is turning into her
biggest problem of all?
With a sparkling comedic touch and a cast of unforgettable
characters, this remarkable story of a woman's slide into addiction
and struggle to find her way back up again is Jennifer Weiner's
most masterful work yet.
About the Author
Jennifer Weiner grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut. She attended Princeton University, where she studied with John McPhee, Toni Morrison and Joyce Carol Oates. She is currently a reporter/columnist at the "Philadelphia Inquirer" and a contributing editor at "Mademoiselle". Her short stories have been published in "Seventeen" and "Redbook". Her freelance work appears in Salon.com, "Time Out New York", "Animal Fair", the "Columbia Journalism Review" and "Seventeen". She lives in Philadelphia and appears regularly on "Philly after Midnight," Philadelphia's local late-night television show, as a commentator.
"The everymom heroine in this novel becomes a hard-core pill
addict-and it's impossible to look away."