Kirkus Best of 2012, Top 25 Best Indie Books Selection
With humor, irony, and colorful prose, this gritty and authentic novel follows Michael Lira—a decent guy with a wicked heroin habit—as he sees everyone getting ahead except for him and his friends, who are all junkies, artists, and has-beens. In the era of Bill Clinton and the dot-com boom, his Wicker Park neighborhood has become overrun with hipsters and yuppies, leaving him to support his lifestyle through petty crime and the occasional drug deal. After finally seeing a chance to make a real move, Michael swears off dope and builds a stake in the drug dealing world, hoping to parlay it into enough cash to start a new life as a solid citizen. With the help of Sal, his partner in crime, he manages to pull together a bundle of money and rolls the dice in the stock market—everyone else is getting rich, so why can’t he? In spite of his good intentions, Michael’s best-laid plans fall apart and his life spins out of control, leaving him to struggle against the ever-present pull towards the downward spiral of addiction.
|Publisher:||Anything Goes Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Chris Mendius holds a BSME from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Spoonful follows Michael and his best friend Sal. The two are roommates who share an addiction to heroin and aren't above the occasional illegal activity to score some cash to support the habit. When they are introduced to some local college kids who are looking for a drug hookup Michael decides to start dealing and begins to make pretty good money. A fight at a party results in Michael and Sal getting arrested where they decide to get clean and focus on improving their lives. A customer of Michael's is a stockbroker and convinces him to invest a portion of his profits, promising huge returns. He decides to take a chance and gives the guy some cash which immediately starts to grow. Things are really looking good for the two friends, but what goes up must come down.... The beginning of this book really reminded me a lot of the movie Requiem for a Dream. The similarities of some friends who begin to sell drugs and turn their lives around is the big comparable point. This book is really well written and sucked me into the dark world of drugs in Chicago. Mike and Sal both seem like pretty decent guys overall who would probably be pretty stand up if not for their need to score heroin. They are fiercely loyal to their friends and not afraid to risk bodily harm while standing up for each other. The book really took some unexpected turns in the second half and had me reading as quickly as possible in order to see what was going to happen. The end of the book really took me by surprise I really had no idea that what happened was coming. This book isn't for everyone for sure. It features a lot of graphic drug usage and there is a fair amount of sex as well. It is however well worth a read for people who aren't overly offended by those kind of situations. Finishing the book really made me think about life in general and how easily life can be changed.
Being a heroin addict as well i couldnt help but feel empathy for the charachters and it would make me smile at times being in uncanny similar situations it actually fills me with nostalgia. Best novel i have read respectfully.
Spoonful was quite a ride – I read it in several days and felt it really gets you into the head of a junkie. The book gives a level of awareness of characters in difficult life scripts which we usually choose to ignore. The characters seemed real, and their predicaments plausible. The general hopelessness one is left with at the end is exasperating, but you know that not many happy endings will ever be experienced by the characters. Looking into this culture is not easy – addicts are demonized and not often looked upon with kindness. The book goes the first step in developing empathy for characters we like to ignore – thanks to the author for bringing a little reality into my protected world.