Bill W.: A Strange Salvation : a Biographical Novel Based on Key Moments in the Life of Bill Wilson, the Alcoholics Anonymous Founder, and a Probing of His Mysterious 11-year Depression

Front Cover
Vedantic Shores Press, 2003 - Fiction - 216 pages
0 Reviews
After Bill Wilson's supreme achievement in founding Alcoholics Anonymous, why would he have suffered a serious depression that lasted more than a decade? This book attempts to throw light on the question, one that has never been answered and rarely asked. In doing so, it involves the reader in many other themes of vital relevance to everyone -- not to those in recovery alone. This in-depth psychological study of the AA founder is generally based on the facts of Wilson's life, but not restricted to the literal truth: the prerogative of the novel. Some biographical events in Wilson's history have been passed over in favour of an intensive, original recreation of its key moments, from childhood to early middle-age, when the power of the depression was first felt. Chiefly a work of the imagination as this is, it is able to probe more deeply into the hidden life of its subject than non-fiction can do. According to the author, Bill W's depression may have been his salvation, and saved him from a worse fate. This book will introduce new readers to Bill Wilson -- "the greatest social architect" in Aldous Huxley's words of his century -- and one of the seminal voices of our age. It also provides a fresh look for those already familiar with his story.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Acknowledgments Authors Note Chronology
P A RT ONE 1 The Rupture
The Tavern
Lost Love
Relapse and Recovery
The Pact
The Spiritual Challenge
Lois and the Phantom Years
The Moment at Towns
A Passion to Know
PA RT THREE 16 The Omen
The Princess
The Trauma

A New Self
P A RT TWO 8 The Ambiguities of Memory
A Wedding and Its Aftermath
The Dark Presence

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2003)

Paul Hourihan was born and educated in Boston where he earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and a doctorate in American literature from Boston University. For 15 years he taught dozens of courses and gave many lectures in Ontario, Canada on the subject of great mystics and mysticism. As someone who was committed to the spiritual path for 45 years and a serious student of the world's mystical traditions, Hourihan brings us unique revelations about the AA founder and the problem of addiction.

Bibliographic information