by Andrew Seaward
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ADDICTION: CUNNING, BAFFLING, & POWERFUL
In this gripping debut novel by Andrew Seaward, the lives of three addicts converge following an accidental and horrific death.
Monty Miller, a self-destructive, codependent alcoholic, is wracked by an obsession to drink himself to death as punishment for a fatal car accident he didn’t cause.
Dave Bell, a former all-American track star turned washed-up high school volleyball coach, routinely chauffeurs his bus full of teens on a belly full of liquor and head full of crack.
Angie Mallard, a recently divorced housewife with three estranged children, will go to any lengths to restore the family she lost to crystal meth.
All three are court-mandated to a secluded drug rehab high in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. There, they learn the universal truth among alcoholics and addicts:
Based on the author’s own personal experience with substance abuse and twelve-step programs, Some Are Sicker Than Others, transcends the clichés of the typical recovery story by exploring the insidiousness of addiction and the harrowing effect it has on not just the afflicted, but everyone it touches.
With the harsh realism of Brett Easton Ellis and the dark, confrontational humor of Chuck Palahniuk, Mr. Seaward takes the reader deep inside the psyche of the addict and portrays, in very explicit details, the psychological and physiological effects of withdrawal and the various stages of recovery.
As Top 10 Amazon Reviewer, Grady Harp, put it: “What sets Andrew’s novel apart from other recovery stories is his deep understanding of the physiochemical aspects of substance abuse and addiction. Seaward not only understands the socioeconomic, psychological and, yes, criminal impact these people create, he also displays such a profound understanding of the physiological/medical aspects of addiction that we are left to wonder if he hasn’t been down the path of his characters himself.”
“THIS BOOK NAILS IT…down to the gritty core. Not only are the characters rich and compelling, they are honest, truthful, and written from a place of utter compassion. The author has done something that not many writers before him were able to do. He has presented the topic of addiction & recovery as it truly is; maddening, ambivalent and utterly relentless.” -Alexander Ruzumican
“Reservation Road meets A Million Little Pieces in this harrowing story of loss, grief, atonement, and redemption.” -Scott Lorenz, West Wind Book Marketing
“Dark, gritty, compelling…a harrowingly emotional experience that rings true to the very last word.” –Doug Kurtz, acclaimed author of Mosquito
“Honest, direct, and confrontational. This book will lead you on a serious rollercoaster ride of emotions. Mr. Seaward discusses in very explicit details the mental, psychological and physical effects of withdrawal and the various stages of recovery.” -Ashley LaMar, Closed the Cover Book Reviews
“The thoroughly cultivated iced-over setting provides the perfect backdrop for the story. One can easily concoct in one’s mind the snowy, mountainous landscape Seaward paints with his words.” -Aimee Jodoin, Author of Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman
“Name a hospital in Pennsylvania, I’ve been there. A rehab in Texas, I’ve stayed there. I’ve been strapped down to hospital beds, thrown into drunk tanks, and locked in padded rooms no bigger than a broom closet. I’ve woken up on railroad tracks, passed out on park benches, I even drank a bottle of cologne once because I couldn’t make it to the liquor store before closing time. And for what? A moment of numbness, a flicker of tranquility? No. I realize now, that the reason I drank was because I was too afraid to admit who I really was. I’m an artist. A storyteller. A writer. An author. It took me a long time to finally admit this, and now that I have, I won’t stop.”
“Based on my own personal adventures in addiction and recovery, my debut novel, Some Are Sicker Than Others, takes you on a hellish journey inside the diseased mind of the addict. From a codependent alcoholic wracked by an obsession to drink himself to death…to a delusional high school volleyball coach with a dependency on crack…the characters in my novel are not just fiction, they are amalgamations of the people I met on my journey. Tragically flawed yet desperately hopeful, this cast of unlikely heroes will challenge your preconceived notions of what it means to be an addict. Some of you will laugh, some of you will cry, others may see themselves in the characters’ lives. Either way, I think you’re going to enjoy the story, because, if there’s one thing an addict isn’t…it’s boring.” –From Andrew’s Interview at the American Chronicle
Though a chemical engineer by trade, Andrew’s true passion in life is helping other addicts and alcoholics on their individual paths of recovery. A recovering addict himself, Andrew understands the viciousness of addiction and the harrowing effect it has on not just the afflicted, but everyone it touches. As a result, he has dedicated his life to removing the unfair stigma associated with addiction by encouraging addicts to embrace their recovery, rather than hiding from it. His brand new blog, Portraits of Addiction, has been creating a lot of buzz within blogging community and was even featured on Word Press’ Top 10 Daily Picks.
Andrew currently resides in Denver, CO, where he is busy at work on his next novel. For more information about Andrew and his projects please visit www.andrewseaward.com.
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