This is really good. I think the judges got it the wrong way around, but never mind. Really good. Thanks, Brian.
It is incredibly gratifying to read a story that realistically portrays both alcoholism and the attempts at recovery without being melodramatic, saccharine, or cliched. As someone who has lived with family members suffering from addiction, I appreciate the portrayal of the struggle for everyone involved and I hope other readers with the same experience are moved as well.
Wonderful story, excellent writing!
Crisp, whip-smart prose wrapped around a throat-punch story. The judges surely got this one wrong. Can we take to the streets for a rejudge?
This is a very fascinating portrayal of addiction--very raw and extremely well written.