- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: All Things That Matter Press (August 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996041397
- ISBN-13: 978-0996041393
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,450,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conversations Among Ruins Paperback – August 13, 2014
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About the Author
Dual diagnosed* from an early age, Matthew Peters dropped out of high school at sixteen. He went on to obtain an A.A., a B.A. from Vassar College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University. He has taught various courses in a variety of disciplines throughout North Carolina. He is committed to increasing the awareness and understanding of the dual-diagnosed. Conversations Among Ruins is his first novel. His second novel, The Brothers’ Keepers, is available on Amazon.com. *The term “dual diagnosed” refers to someone who suffers from a mood disorder (e.g., depression) and chemical dependency.
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We meet Daniel Stavros, a professor at a small college. Daniel is an alcoholic who is sliding into madness. He is encouraged to take a medical leave of absence and enter rehab, where he meets Mimi.
Daniel has a lack of trust with medical professionals. He is marking time in rehab until he can leave. In the meantime, he falls in love with Mimi, who has her own problems.
These two, Daniel and Mimi, have a tempestuous relationship. She tells Daniel she does not want to see him again, and Daniel vents his anger by smashing a window with his elbow.
Daniel is taken to a hospital to repair his elbow. He is given pain pills, which he abuses. He leaves a voice mail message for Mimi that implies he plans to harm himself.
Daniel has one friend at the small college who offers Daniel a family mountain cottage in which to get his drinking under control.
After some weird instances, where Daniel wonders about his sanity, he leaves the cottage to return to his home.
This was a torturous book to read.
I knew the author during part of his graduate studies. If nicotine is considered a chemical dependency, I, too, am a dual. I, as is Daniel, am working on coming to terms with my past.
There is a poetry yet a wildness to the prose in this book. It's bold and in your face and then soothing. Its imaginative and ultimately takes the reader on a journey of self discovery. The effect on me is all over the place, and I think that is what Peters set out to do. It tears you to pieces, puts you back together again. It confuses you, sometimes angers you, then makes you ashamed of those feelings. It leads you into a world of unreality and self deception that is all too real for someone caught up in self destructive addiction, and in the case of Peters' protagonist Daniel Stavros case, a related deep depression, I loved the use stream of consciousness description The structure of the prose in this book is a proper, effective reflection of Stavros's state of mind.
Perhaps for me it is too personal at the moment. I am heavily involved in matters affecting the life of a talented young person who is caught in web of a deep drug addiction and on a path to nowhere good, just like Stavros. Stavros's behavior so closely mirrors the behavior of my young friend that it was sometimes hard for me to keep reading. Addiction is self-destructive, Addicts are seldom truthful to themselves, let alone the people around them. It is typical for such a person to be comfortable only with people with similar issues, such as in Daniel's relationship with Mimi Dexter. If only they can all find their own mysterious mountain top retreat and a way to healing.
Mathew Peters makes you feel the addiction. Great job, and in my view ,he tells an important story.
A psychological thriller, surrealism colors its descriptive pages. When reading this novel, you are right there with Daniel, you are feeling what he is feeling. All of the characters are well-drawn. This excellent, powerful story captivated me from start to finish.
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The imagery and beautiful use of language is intriguing and addicting. I'm a fan!