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The Empty Room
     

The Empty Room

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by Lauren B. Davis
 
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

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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 humor, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Author of "The Virgin Cure" & "The Birth House" - Ami MacKay
"The Empty Room is a rare act of courage — every page a brilliant, defiant examination of desire, loss, sorrow, triumph and grace. My heart will not soon forget this book.”
Author of "Somebody Knows My Name" - Lawrence Hill
"Unflinching and unsentimental, The Empty Room charts a day from hell in the life of Colleen Kerrigan, alone, nearly 50, and spiralling into yet another alcoholic binge. It is a credit to the brilliance and humanity of novelist Lauren B. Davis that, even in this nightmare, we find utter truth, wicked humour and just enough hope to keep on reading."
Author of "The Bishop's Man" and "Why Men Lie" - Lindon MacIntyre
"In The Empty Room, Lauren B. Davis has given us an honest, brave account of self-destruction, one that harrowingly reminds us that recovery from the abyss of alcoholism is never easy, but eloquently hints at what is possible when the self-deception and denial end."
author of The Famished Lover and The Sojourn - Allan Cumyn
"Soaked in alcoholism and addiction, this story plumbs the bottomless human genius for self-deception and our singular talent for wandering into hellholes of our own design. Lauren B. Davis writes deftly, never averting her gaze - and never letting go of the fact that threads of grace lie always within our grasp."
The Toronto Star - Jennifer Hunter
Davis offers a completely believable picture of one woman’s decline and helplessness. She makes us feel we are inside Colleen’s skin, guaranteeing our empathy. . . As a writer, Davis has the rare ability to mine her own experience and create fiction from what she palpably understands. . . It is an enviable talent and a great psychological portrait of a woman under the influence.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016617756
Publisher:
Lauren B. Davis
Publication date:
05/22/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
314
Sales rank:
1,159,911
File size:
896 KB

Meet the Author

LAUREN B. DAVIS is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels The Stubborn Season, The Radiant City and Our Daily Bread, which was longlisted for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize and named as a best book of the year by both The Globe and Mail and the Boston Globe. Born in Montreal, she now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

WEB: laurenbdavis.com

FACEBOOK: Lauren B. Davis, Writer

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The Empty Room 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing novel .. a real page-turner, I couldn't put it down. Lauren B. Davis captures all the mannerisms of a classic alcoholic and presents a riveting story. Beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Davis nails it. Not only has she written a beautiful and riveting novel, but her portrayal of the empty room in the alcoholic's heart is completely authentic. Colleen Kerrigan is a character I'll never forget.