Parched is a memoir about alcoholism as the human thirst for meaning gone awry. It's not a memoir of "recovery," it's a memoir of resurrection. It's not an "addiction memoir"; it's a memoir about a particular kind of sickness -- and healing -- of the human soul. It's a book about a God so merciful that he welcomes all prodigal sons and daughters home. With jokes.
From sneaking drinks in small town New Hampshire to morning cocktails in Boston dive bars (before law school classes, no less) King chronicles her drinking years with wit and clarity. Earning a law degree while fighting off hangovers, dusting cockroaches off her dirty piles of clothes and swilling stale glasses of beer, King's journey toward redemption is both appalling and hilarious. And when it seems there is no escape, she is pulled from the abyss by the most unlikely of sources. Casting her lot with the rest of humanity at last, she learns that suffering leads to redemption, that pain leads to compassion for other people who are in pain, and, above all, that a sense of humor really, really helps.
Writer and comic Denis Leary says of Parched:
"Dark, poignant, and hilariously funny. King's escapades evoke the demons that drive and haunt us all."
"A hefty chaser of humor and redemption before last call"
"Loaded with jokes and wicked anecdotes...Parched is a big-picture kind of memoir, literary and complete"
"A remarkable story of spiritual enlightenment from the depths of alcoholism."
-Bradley Quick Shaw, KRLA (Los Angeles)
"Pained adolescence...sordid drinking days...King avoids the cliches in favor of self-deprecating humor...terrifying, and equally human."
"Gives us all hope for embracing grace"
-National Catholic Reporter
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