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.