Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.25 × 2.09 × 0.43 in
Published: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Washington Square Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1439193312
ISBN - 13: 9781439193310
About the Book
A timely novel about a mother whose life falls apart when she descends into alcoholism, and her battle to get sober and regain custody of her son.
Read from the Book
One B eing drunk in front of your child is right up there on the Big Bad No-no List of Motherhood. I knew what I was doing was wrong. I knew it with every glass, every swallow, every empty bottle thrown into the recycle bin. I hated drinking. I hated it . . . and I couldn’t stop. The anesthetic effect of alcohol ran thick in my blood; the Great Barrier Reef built between me and my feelings. I watched myself do it in an out-of-body experience: Oh, isn’t this interesting? Look at me, the sloppy drunk. It snuck up on me, every time. It took me by surprise. I tried to stop. Of course I tried. I went a day, maybe two, before the urge burned strong enough, it rose in my throat like a gnarled hand reaching for a drink. My body ached. My brain sloshed against the inside of my skull. The more I loathed drinking, the more I needed it to find that sweet spot between awareness and agony. Even now, even though it has been sixty-four days since I have taken a drink, the shame clings to me. It sickens my senses worse than any hangover I’ve ever suffered. It’s early April, and I drive down a street lined with tall, sturdy maples. Gauzelike clouds stretch across the icy blue sky. A few earnest men stand in front of their houses appraising the state of their lawns. My own yard went to hell while I was away and I have not found time nor inclination to be its savior. Any other day I would have found this morning beautiful. Any other day I might have stopped to stare at th
From the Publisher
Cadence didn't sit down one night and decide that downing
two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea.
Her drinking snuck up on her - as a way to sleep, to help her relax
after a long day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful
divorce that's left her struggling to make ends meet with her
five-year old son, Charlie.
It wasn't always like this. Just a few years ago, Cadence seemed to
have it all-a successful husband, an adorable son, and a promising
career as a freelance journalist. But with the demise of her
marriage, her carefully constructed life begins to spiral out of
control. Suddenly she is all alone trying to juggle the
demands of work and motherhood.
Logically, Cadence knows that she is drinking too much, and every
day begins with renewed promises to herself that she will
stop. But within a few hours, driven by something she doesn't
understand, she is reaching for the bottle - even when it means not
playing with her son because she is too tired, or dropping him off
at preschool late, again. And even when one calamitous night
it means leaving him alone to pick up more wine at the grocery
store. It's only when her ex-husband shows up at her door to
take Charlie away that Cadence realizes her best kept secret has
Heartbreaking, haunting, and ultimately life-affirming, Best
Kept Secret is more than just the story of Cadence-it's a
story of how the secrets we hold closest are the ones that can most
tear us apart.