In the Weather of the Heart: A Memoir of a Shattered Marriage and a Reckoning with Recovery

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Doubleday, 1996 - Self-Help - 222 pages
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More than ten years ago, Valerie Monroe's husband's identical twin brother, Brian, killed himself. Valerie and her husband, Keith, knew that Brian had been addicted to cocaine. What Valerie didn't know was that Keith was addicted too. In the months following Brian's suicide, Keith dropped into a disastrous spiral of guilt, self-destruction, and despair. He neglected his thriving business, numbed himself with barbiturates and cocaine, and frequently disappeared. Monroe withholds nothing as she describes the fear that engulfed her when Keith withdrew, physically and emotionally, from her and their young son, and the overpowering helplessness she felt at his inability to stop his downward slide. She portrays in intimate detail the experience of witnessing someone you love struggle with a life-threatening addiction. But ultimately, In the Weather of the Heart is the story of a woman's abiding faith, of finding one's own truth in the process of recovery, and of the profound healing power of love.

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Monroe's memoir is a chronicle of her courtship and marriage to Keith and his recovery from drug addiction. The author, who has been an editor at Ms., Redbook, and Self magazines, had always been ... Read full review

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Monroe has been an editor at Ms., Redbook, and Parenting magazines, among others, and has written for many national publications.

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