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The Empty Room

by Lauren B Davis

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | May 12, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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A raw, groundbreaking, and unforgettable 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-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 that 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, which is filled with moments of friendship and loss, fragments of peace and possibility. The single constant is the bottle that is always close by-Colleen''s worst enemy and her only friend.

In this unforgettable work, acclaimed novelist Lauren B. Davis has created a searing, raw, and powerful portrayal of the chaos and pain of alcoholism. Told with compassion, insight, and an irresistible gallows humour, The Empty Room takes us to the depths of addiction only to reach a revelation at its heart: the importance and grace of one person reaching out to another.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 12, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443418307

ISBN - 13: 9781443418300

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Empty Room

The Empty Room

by Lauren B Davis

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 12, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443418307

ISBN - 13: 9781443418300

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A raw, groundbreaking, and unforgettable 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-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 that 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, which is filled with moments of friendship and loss, fragments of peace and possibility. The single constant is the bottle that is always close by-Colleen''s worst enemy and her only friend.

In this unforgettable work, acclaimed novelist Lauren B. Davis has created a searing, raw, and powerful portrayal of the chaos and pain of alcoholism. Told with compassion, insight, and an irresistible gallows humour, The Empty Room takes us to the depths of addiction only to reach a revelation at its heart: the importance and grace of one person reaching out to another.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Empty Room:

"An entirely accurate portrait of alcoholism [from] an exceptionally talented writer." - The Globe and Mail

"Davis heartbreakingly renders the disturbed thought process of someone trapped in addiction." - Quill and Quire

"A rare act of courage. . . . A brilliant, defiant examination of desire, loss, sorrow, triumph and grace." - Ami McKay, Author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure.

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