Carol Weis bares herself (sometimes literally) in her debut memoir, where she unveils her two lives, before and after, in a collection of alternating chapters that divulge her change. In those chapters, you'll meet a desperate young woman riddled with anger and fear from childhood trauma and an equally desperate sober, single mom struggling to push those feelings aside to care for her young daughter.
Like many who abuse alcohol, the author grew up in a world where feelings were never discussed and were typically resolved by drinking. Her mother was hospitalized with tuberculosis for 18 months when Carol was three, and being passed around from family to family left a tenacious fear of abandonment that persisted through her often reckless life. Alcohol was the salve that soothed the wound and hid her shame. And for 25 years it ruled over her actions, while she treaded her way through the chaos it created.
Starting off on the night of her last drink, Stumbling Home quickly reveals the author's love-hate relationship with the legal drug, then brings the reader along on the sundry adventures she takes under the influence, interspersed with the challenges she faces after she quits, ultimately, on her quest to reinvent herself and find out who she really is.
"What a remarkable journey to wholeness. Carol Weis has written a gem of a memoir, with unfettered commitment to detail, humanity, humor, and most of all: honesty. I couldn't put it down."
-Jennifer Pastiloff, bestselling author of On Being Human
"Painful, honest, humorous, beautiful, and so relatable. Carol Weis artfully transports us through the incredible journey of her life, its different phases both enmeshed with and stitched together by alcohol, whether it was her own drinking or someone else's. Her complete liberation from alcohol offers hope and inspiration."
-Annie Grace, author of This Naked Mind and The Alcohol Experiment
About the Author
Carol Weis is a former teacher, actor, school librarian, and pastry chef who writes poetry, essays, and commentary for public radio. Inspiration for this story came after she and her daughter, Maggie, watched cows from a nearby farm roam the neighborhood for what seemed like days, after escaping the confines of their cozy corral. Their hooves made deep impressions in the lawn, ever reminding her of the book that begged to be written. Carol lives in Southampton, Massachusetts. This is her first children's book.