The Empty Room

Paperback | March 18, 2016

byLauren B Davis

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A universally acclaimed, groundbreaking journey into 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.

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A universally acclaimed, groundbreaking journey into the depths of addiction, from the author of Our Daily Bread, longlisted for the Giller PrizeColleen 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 h...

Lauren B. Davis is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novelsThe Stubborn Season, The Radiant City, Our Daily Bread—which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named a best book of the year by bothThe Globe and MailandThe Boston Globe—andThe Empty Room—named a best book of the year by theNational Postand...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.75 inPublished:March 18, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443418307

ISBN - 13:9781443418300

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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.