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The Empty Room Hardcover – International Edition, May 21, 2013
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"Davis' storytelling keeps us laughing, crying, and on the edge of our seat."
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THE EMPTY ROOM has been named as one of the National Post's "Favourite Books of 2013", the Winnipeg Free Press, Amazon.ca's "Best Books of 2013: Top Editors' Picks" (#22) AND "Best of 2013: Canadian Fiction and Literature" (#12) as well as one of the "Critics Picks" from Halifax's THE COAST.
Davis brilliantly tackles alcoholism. . . A serious, sorrowful book, The Empty Room, is a masterful portrayal of an addiction
Telegraph Journal "Here Magazine"
Hubert O'Hearn, By the Book Reviews
A real page-turner. Davis captures the mannerisms, rationalizations and coverups of the classic alcoholic in a remarkable novel. Davis moves seamlessly in and out of Colleen's mind as she convinces herself she either needs the next drink or must prepare for when she needs one later. Davis shows her mastery of dialogue and her versatility. We continue to hope even as Colleen's situation grows more and more grim; and Davis skillfully shows the funny side of horrific and degrading scenes while never causing us to laugh at her protagonist, always retaining our sympathy.
Winnipeg Free Press
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"A rare act of courage.... A brilliant, defiant examination of desire, loss, sorrow, triumph and grace."
--Ami McKay, author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure
"Soaked in alcoholism and addiction, this story plumbs the bottomless human genius for self-deception and our singular talent for wandering into hellholes of our own design. Lauren B. Davis writes deftly, never averting her gaze--and never letting go of the fact that threads of grace lie always within our grasp."
--Alan Cumyn, author of The Famished Lover and The Sojourn
"Unflinching and unsentimental, The Empty Room charts a day from hell in the life of Colleen Kerrigan, alone, nearly 50, and spiralling into yet another alcoholic binge. It is a credit to the brilliance and humanity of novelist Lauren B. Davis that, even in this nightmare, we find utter truth, wicked humour and just enough hope to keep on reading."
- Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes
"This is a raw, exciting book--alcoholism from deep inside the jaws of death and denial. To call it 'honest' is a disservice: it is scalding."
--Bharati Mukherjee, author of Desirable Daughters and Miss New India
"In The Empty Room, Lauren B. Davis has given us an honest, brave account of self-destruction, one that harrowingly reminds us that recovery from the abyss of alcoholism is never easy, but eloquently hints at what is possible when the self-deception and denial end."
--Linden McIntyre, author of The Bishop's Man and Why Men Lie
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Coincidentally, I was reading this as a friend is diving towards her own dark bottom. I have recommended this book to others who are trying to help this friend.
A very powerful read for anyone wanting to understand the hold of addiction: cunning, baffling, and powerful indeed!
As I started reading The Empty Room... I quickly became aware of the depth of tragedy in which the protagonist was wallowing. And I had to hit a hard pause.
But, like the protagonist, I just had to pick up again... then stop..again...then start..again... until I couldn't stop... (the book had become addictive...)
And it was a page turner...
But the ending.. oh my... the tear is still in my soul...
Thank you Lauren Davis..