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Three years after giving up drinking, Jowita Bydlowska found herself throwing back a glass of champagne like it was ginger ale. It was a special occasion: a party celebrating the birth of her first child. It also marked Bydlowska's immediate, full-blown return to crippling alcoholism.
In the gritty and sometimes grimly comic tradition of the bestselling memoirs Lit by Mary Karr and Smashed by Koren Zailckas, Drunk Mom is Bydlowska's account of the ways substance abuse took control of her life- the binges and blackouts, the humiliations, the extraordinary risk-taking - as well as her fight toward recovery as a young mother. This courageous memoir brilliantly shines a light on the twisted logic of an addicted mind and the powerful, transformative love of one's child. Ultimately it gives hope, especially to those struggling in the same way.
"It is a memoir that pushes at boundaries what is private, what should perhaps be kept private, what we need to know, what we don't, what is insightful or just exhibitionism. [O]ne of the most talked about books of the season." - The Globe and Mail
"[T]his book is fresh within the context of a parenting memoir, one of a particular kind: A counterculture parenting memoir. [It] stands as an uncommonly perceptive chronicle of what it means to be an intelligent, urban parent trying to hold on to the rest of her life. " - National Post
"A compelling, raw look at her struggle with alcoholism, the addiction that swallowed [Bydlowska] after the birth of her son." - Elle (Canada)
'[A] gifted writer, and a courageous one Without glibness, without self-pity, knowing that she risks being judged, Bydlowska tells her story Luckily for those reading her story, she possesses a wickedly dark sense of humour." - The Gazette (Canada)
"[She] eschews the touchy-feely language of recovery ... The cool yet raw efficiency of Bydlowska's prose, a testament to her successful journalistic career, repudiates indulgence of any kind. This detachment is what makes Drunk Mom both a painful yet paradoxically effortless read." - Literary Review of Canada
Jowita Bydlowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to Canada as a teenager. Her work has appeared in various publications, including Salon and the Huffington Post. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her son and his father.
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