Have you ever felt a big empty place inside and wondered how to fill it? Some use drugs to fill the void. Others believe that love or sex can save them. Others distract themselves by hard work and good deeds. In Just Say Yes, Susan a waitress-poet fills her heart with a womanizing banker named Jones. Young and beautiful Vita numbs herself with heroin. As a lawyer, Andy’s life is consumed with work, and he looks for peace in marijuana and one night stands. Saintly old Joe hopes to find fulfillment by helping others, until he falls in love with his best friend’s lover. Set in the recession of the Eighties in an old neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, Just Say Yes is about good people captured by desire.
Here is a book for anyone who has ever sat up late into the night with a lonely longing ache and wondered how to ease the pain, for anyone who has felt how the solitude of modern life can poison the soul. Here is a book for those who have survived addiction and those who have lost loved ones to it.
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This is a powerfully moving portrait of the lives of four very different people who all share a feeling of emptiness, loneliness and longing in their hearts. This story tells of how they struggle desperately and unsuccessfully to fill these internal voids, and how their lives become entwined in friendship to create the love and happiness that they so desperately desire. Just Say Yes is a beautifully written, enlightening, and insightful look into the complex and destructive realm of addiction. You will be instantly captivated by its intriguing plot, distinctive characters and dramatic storytelling. I highly recommend this book to everyone.