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God of Wine by Elizabeth Zahzam
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May 01, 2012

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Set in NYC, on the Upper West Side, all through Central Park and all the way to the stages of Broadway, God of Wine is the story of Kristen, a young woman from Minnesota with stars in her eyes, love in her heart and a voice for her song and Taylor, a renowned Broadway star with a Pandora's box of demons, issues and selfishness that envies no other. It seems like a match made in heaven but they are two people both struggling in very different ways but all for the same thing... Love.

Kristen quickly becomes a character you can almost identify with, she is strong willed, blindly being lead almost by the hand by Dionysus - the mysterious God of Wine. Dionysus professes his love for Taylor and quickly he and Kristen develop a plan so she can have Taylor all to herself. She doesn't think of the consequences of her actions until it becomes too much to handle but by that time it is too late. She is at the mercy of the obsessive Dionysus, who will stop at nothing to possess Taylor. She doesn't seem to understand that her pact was made with the "devil", who will until the very end, manipulate every scene, every single moment to get HIS finale, which is all of Taylor with no room for Kristen or anyone else in the picture.

Throughout the story, we see Taylor and his addiction. His past infidelities are mentioned, as well as his voracious appetite for booze, his antics causing many professional and personal disasters throughout his life. It shines through to the forefront when they are finally together, after weeks of Kristen and Dionysus scheming, planning and ultimately breaking Taylor's spirit. He wages a battle with alcoholism at its worst form. Kristen's voice is heartbreaking, raw and gritty - she is condemning herself for her part in Taylor's downfall, she often times seems to convince herself to tell the truth, to free herself of the burden of the lies she created to make Taylor love her. Dionysus makes appearances to remind her of what she wanted all along and to remind her of the small fact that this is what she asked for, the man she loved. She steps into the role of the ultimate enabler, still thinking all they needed was love and love was all they needed to heal was each other. But she just can't ever seem to take the step to tell Taylor the truth, which leaves me sad for her. A part of me wishes she could have evolved as a character to take responsibility for her actions which lead to the downward spiral that Taylor's life had taken - she often found herself close to coming clean to him but never quite does.

In a very climactic ending, we find out who wins the battle of the will and whose love is ultimately the strongest; Kristen's for Taylor or Taylor's for Dionysus and his addiction. We get a real look into what alcoholism can do to a person suffering with addiction (physically, mentally and emotionally) as well as the people who love them and how addiction can even affect the people who don't have the strength to love anymore.
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Elizabeth Zahzam Lovely review on GOD OF WINE - and the first on Goodreads. Thanks!

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