A raw and groundbreaking journey to the depths of
addiction, from the author of Our Daily Bread, longlisted
for the Giller Prize
Colleen Kerrigan wakes up sick and bruised, with no clear memory
of the night before. It''s Monday morning, and she is late for work
again. She''s shocked to see the near-empty vodka bottle on her
kitchen counter. It was full at noon yesterday; surely she didn''t
drink that much last night? As she struggles out the door, she
fights the urge to have a sip, just to take the edge off. But no,
she''s not going to drink today.
But this is the day Colleen''s demons come for her. A very bad
day spirals into night as a series of flashbacks take the reader
through Colleen''s past-moments of friendship and loss, fragments
of peace and possibility. The single constant is the bottle, always
close by, Colleen''s worst enemy and her only friend.
In this unforgettable work, acclaimed novelist Lauren B. Davis
has created as searing, raw and powerful a portrayal of the chaos
and pain of alcoholism as we have encountered in fiction. Told with
compassion, insight and an irresistible gallows humour, The
Empty Room takes us to the depths of addiction, only to find a
revelation at its heart: the importance and grace of one person
reaching out to another.