"The women in my family always classified men as either mean drunks or happy drunks. With happy drunks, they smiled as they dried their dishes with cotton dishtowels or sat at the Formica top and chrome leg kitchen table with their cigarettes and tea. Uncle Art, for instance, was a happy drunk and they would recall fondly how he joked and played the violin. Too bad he had to die. With mean drunks, they talked less of what the men did and more of how they hoped they were getting theirs in hell."
Guernica Editions, Spring 2014
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US
A story of mean drunks and happy ones, and of the women who often outlive them, My Grandmother's Pill
is a rollercoaster ride through three generations of abuse and addiction. On the heels of divorce, Maude's relationship with Seamus sets the scene for her struggle to break free.
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