The Empty Room

The Empty Room

Book - 2013
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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 humour, 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.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013
ISBN: 9781443418294
Branch Call Number: DAV
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,22 cm

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JMFreads
Nov 26, 2016

Excellent novel.

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jimtroeltsch
Dec 23, 2015

This is probably the most accurate depiction of alcoholism I've ever read. It is very raw and painfully real. A quick/must read.

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anniethecat
Aug 11, 2015

SPOILER ALERT:
I really thought she was going to kill herself for a moment...
but then she didn't. It's somewhat of a happy ending... somewhat...

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molmil8
Dec 19, 2013

Not a happy book, but an excellent one. The entire book takes place over one day, and is event and character based; descriptions of surrounding are minimal. I particularly liked how the ending of one chapter linked to the beginning of the next. Can be read in one or two sittings, and it will keep your interest right up to the last page.

mayfairlady Aug 23, 2013

unputdownable - tragic, sad and yet compelling.

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becker
Aug 01, 2013

This book takes you through a particularly rough day of an alcoholic. A day where everything in her life finally unravels. For me, the value in this story comes from how the author reveals the main character to you. In the beginning I found her to be a flat unlikeable character but as the story progresses you are able to see her world through her eyes and you begin to feel empathy for her.

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