Another Cheesy Family Newsletter

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For decades, Elizabeth Silva has crafted an annual holiday newsletter to family and friends, summarizing her family’s year in light-hearted, witty prose.  Little do her readers know, however, of the conflict and pain behind those season’s greetings full of optimism and cheer.

Another Cheesy Family Newsletter is a memoir covering a span of twenty years in Elizabeth Silva’s life, the years her oldest child struggled with mental illness and substance abuse. Contrasting with each chirpy letter is a narrative of the true, sometimes dark, events that really happened each year. Those stories, along with the family history that came into play in later years, present a picture of four generations of a family’s missteps and triumphs as they navigate the storms caused by addiction, codependence, and mental illness.

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About the author (2018)

Elizabeth Silva grew up in a military family, living in multiple cities across the USA, then settling in Texas at age seventeen, where she attended college as an English major and developed a love for writing.

During her career as both a high school English teacher and a guidance counselor, she married, raised four children, and is currently retired and living at home with her husband, son, two grandsons, two cats, and a dog. 

She is a community contributor for her local metropolitan newspaper, and an advocate for public education and children with autism.