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Then There Was No Mountain: A Parallel Odyssey of a Mother and Daughter Through Addiction
"Then There Was No Mountain" describes the external and internal processes the author, Sophie's mother, experiences in coming to terms with her daughter's addiction.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 29th 2003 by Taylor Trade Publishing
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Read this book in an afternoon. I simply could not tear myself away from this family's unraveling and restoration. Unlike far too many memoir writers, Waterston does not whitewash or romanticize the abrasiveness of addictions. Her writing is bold but never brash, infused with the East Coast landscape of her youth and the West Coast landscape of her choosing. She is a masterful storyteller.
Have you ever gone all the way to the back of Sunset magazine, past the pages of pages of "Must Take" vacations and patio makeovers that cost more than I made in my first ten years of teaching--only to reach the back page ads and realize there is irony in paradise. Because this entire magazine, or at least the full features section, is bank-rolled by ads for wilderness camps where people who's been turning the 1500 unused feet of their cabin into an artist's loft or whipping up a bouillabaise of ...more
This book is, basically, the autobiography of a Harvard graduate who was raised in high society on the East Coast and moved to the West with her husband. After 3 children, and coming to grips with the fact that he was an addict, she finally left him. This is her compilation of her 10 years after the separation, trying to be a single mom, struggling through two of her own children becoming addicted - a horror story. Controlling, uptight, and having no faith in herself (or even a higher power it s ...more
Written by a local author, about getting her daughter into treatment. I liked it, found the author to have an excellent ability to describe a very difficult struggle. Having been a caseworker, I could relate in some ways to having to place a child out of the home in order to heal.