Blackout

Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

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Publisher Description

A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, Blackout is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure -- the sober life she never wanted.
For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was "the gasoline of all adventure." She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened twenty-first-century woman.

But there was a price. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should be. Mornings became detective work on her own life. What did I say last night? How did I meet that guy? She apologized for things she couldn't remember doing, as though she were cleaning up after an evil twin. Publicly, she covered her shame with self-deprecating jokes, and her career flourished, but as the blackouts accumulated, she could no longer avoid a sinking truth. The fuel she thought she needed was draining her spirit instead.

A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, Blackout is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure -- the sober life she never wanted. Shining a light into her blackouts, she discovers the person she buried, as well as the confidence, intimacy, and creativity she once believed came only from a bottle. Her tale will resonate with anyone who has been forced to reinvent or struggled in the face of necessary change. It's about giving up the thing you cherish most -- but getting yourself back in return.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2015
June 23
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Grand Central Publishing
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
1.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Camp Fashion ,

Stunning

Stunning, raw, intimate… the best writing I’ve read since Joan Didion. You have a gift, please write more…

Marriedtomoney ,

Excellent!

Started reading this well before I stopped drinking (but I definitely had suspicions) after finding a recommendation for it in The Alcalde, finished it after I was seven months sober – thank you Sarah!

Jazz5764 ,

Meh

This got old, fast. Glad you’re sober, but…why write so much about how you miss consuming POISON—aka alcohol?

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