Booze at Breakfast is a family portrait of the disease of alcoholism.
Stories take us to the heart of life’s deep truths, and this one hits us from all the characters’ perspectives—the abusive self-loathing alcoholic, his wife and the children’s experience, and especially his son, Peter. It is charmingly interspersed with an Irish neighbor’s spiritual wisdom and the youth priest’s friendship with the alcoholic’s wife and son. The redemption herein is hard-won, funny, and sweet.
Engrossing, loving, and wise, this story will provide understanding for anyone who has puzzled about an alcoholic or his/her family’s choices and challenges.
Growing up in a chaotic alcoholic home, Catherine watched the brutality that she portrays in this fictionalized family saga. Her own ten years of recovery in Al-Anon led her to work in addictions and therapy following her brother’s suicide. She writes with the passion of knowing firsthand. As writer, she skillfully invites the reader in to witness the daily portions of the pain of alcoholic families as well as the beauty and spirituality in recovery. This is her first novel, a composite of many people’s stories. It was nine years in the writing—“my great teacher,” she acknowledges gratefully.
Great book for anyone who has dealt with problem drinkers. Seeing alcoholism as a family disease, affecting every member, is what this book helps to do. Every character moves through the unfolding alcoholism, which is progressive, but it can be arrested, and this writer knows about that solution.