- 2020 ECPA Top Shelf Book Cover Award
It's always somebody else's kid--until it's yours. When Katherine James and her husband found out their son was using heroin, their responses ran the gamut: disbelief, anger, helplessness, guilt. As they struggled to come to grips with their son's addiction and decide how best to help him, their home became a refuge for an unlikely assortment of their son's friends, each with their own story, drawn by the simple love and acceptance they found there--the Lost Boys, James calls them. In this sensitive, vulnerable memoir, award-winning novelist James turns her lush prose to a new purpose: to tell her family's story through the twists and turns of her son's addiction, overdose, and slow recovery. The result is not just a look at the phenomenon of drug abuse in suburban America, but also a meditation on the particular anguish of loving a wayward child and clinging to a desperate trust in God's providence through it all.
"In painful, haunting vignettes, James interweaves her life with his [her son's life], telling their story from the anguished, solitary helplessness of self-doubt--and then, ultimately, the resplendent relief of joy. The numbers regarding heroin abuse are staggering. They transcend all demographics--race, gender, economic status. James transforms the senseless horror of the statistic into a single soul, the son she calls 'Sweetboy.'"--Anne Kennedy, Christianity Today 01/06/2020 CT Five Star Review