The Recovering : Intoxication and its Aftermath
by Leslie Jamison
Editor: GRANTA BOOKS
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The addiction is apparently inexplicableFrom the outside, it may seem voluntary, arrogant self-destruction; from the inside, it may feel inevitable and insistent like a heartbeat.It is possible to describe, but difficult to exploreYet in The Recovery, Leslie Jamison draws on her own life and the lives of the drug addicts of the extraordinary talent of John Cheever, John Berryman, Jean Rhys and Amy Winehouse among themselves – to take us inside the experience of addiction, to expose it the contours, edges and openings of the intoxicated state of lifeThe memory part, part of the biography, literary history group and the definitive analysis part of the cultural and social considerations of drug addiction, Recovery is an important moment in the post-war history of narrative non-fiction
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