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Some Are Sicker Than Others by [Seaward, Andrew]
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"THIS BOOK NAILS IT...down to the gritty core. Not only are the characters rich and compelling, they are honest, truthful, and written from a place of utter compassion. The author has done something that not many writers before him were able to do. He has presented the topic of addiction & recovery as it truly is; maddening, ambivalent and utterly relentless."
-Alexander Ruzumican
 
"Reservation Road meets A Million Little Pieces in this harrowing story of loss, grief, atonement, and redemption." 
-Scott Lorenz, West Wind Book Marketing
 
"Dark, gritty, compelling...a harrowingly emotional experience that rings true to the very last word." 
-Doug Kurtz, acclaimed author of Mosquito
 
"Honest, direct, and confrontational. This book will lead you on a serious rollercoaster ride of emotions. Mr. Seaward discusses in very explicit details the mental, psychological and physical effects of withdrawal and the various stages of recovery." 
-Ashley LaMar, Closed the Cover Book Reviews
 
"The thoroughly cultivated iced-over setting provides the perfect backdrop for the story. One can easily concoct in one's mind the snowy, mountainous landscape Seaward paints with his words."
-Aimee Jodoin, Author of Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman

From the Author

"Name a hospital in Pennsylvania, I've been there. A rehab in Texas, I've stayed there. I've been strapped down to hospital beds, thrown into drunk tanks, and locked in padded rooms no bigger than a broom closet. I've woken up on railroad tracks, passed out on park benches, I even drank a bottle of cologne once because I couldn't make it to the liquor store before closing time. And for what? A moment of numbness, a flicker of tranquility? No. I realize now, that the reason I drank was because I was too afraid to admit who I really was. I'm an artist. A storyteller. A writer. An author. It took me a long time to finally admit this, and now that I have, I won't stop."

"Based on my own personal adventures in addiction and recovery, my debut novel, Some Are Sicker Than Others, takes you on a hellish journey inside the diseased mind of the addict. From a codependent alcoholic wracked by an obsession to drink himself to death...to a delusional high school volleyball coach with a dependency on crack...the characters in my novel are not just fiction, they are amalgamations of the people I met on my journey. Tragically flawed yet desperately hopeful, this cast of unlikely heroes will challenge your preconceived notions of what it means to be an addict. Some of you will laugh, some of you will cry, others may see themselves in the characters' lives. Either way, I think you're going to enjoy the story, because, if there's one thing an addict isn't...it's boring."  -From Andrew's Interview at the American Chronicle 

Product Details

  • File Size: 900 KB
  • Print Length: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Flophouse Books (November 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B7GJGE
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Wow, this is brutal, honest, brave, depressing, and extremely well written. Andrew, you are a very talented young man and you have written a brilliant novel which totally strips every mask off of what addiction involves and shows the horrible disease for the monster that it is. But this is not just a 'tell-it-all', this is an excellent novel written by a gifted author.

Your imagery is so vivid and your dialogue is as authentic as your story itself. The undisguised, frank portrayal of your characters is awesome: Monty, in an AA program that he doesn't really believe in but wants to make Vicky happy, the co-dependency between them, and Monty's guilt over his treatment of his parents and his denial of his own reality as he rushes off, driving through the snow with Vicky by his side. Coach Dave, the total crack addict, dissatisfied with his job, his marriage, his obese wife, Cheryl, and his chidren, Megan, Mary, and his son,Larry with Klinefelter's syndrome.

Monty doesn't face the reality of where he is headed and neither does Dave. Monty's problem results in a car wreck killing Vicky and Dave's denial and indulgence in obscene sexual fantasies as well as grandiose behavior leads to the death (I think?) of his own son, Larry, after the police stop Dave's bus and mistakenly think Larry is attacking them.

Your final uploaded chapter takes us back to Monty who is now attempting to drink himself to death - literally.
This is a very dark, harsh, unmerciful look at addiction with unrelenting exposure of its consequences. It is a story that should be told and if I were not retired, this would be required reading for my students in the course I taught on addiction. You have written the story brilliantly, Andrew. Don't ever doubt your ability as a writer.
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Emotionally raw and harrowingly real, Some Are Sicker than Others is a moving story of redemption. Crack-addict Dave Bell and alcoholic Monty Miller both struggle through the consequences of a life-changing event: Dave's mentally disabled son, Larry, accidentally ran him over with a golf cart, injuring his leg and putting an end to his athletics career, while Monty's fiancée, also a recovering alcoholic, was killed in a car accident, after which Monty relapsed, embarking on a suicide mission. These two troubled men meet in a rehabilitation center in the wintery mountains of Colorado, their paths intertwining more than they could have imagined.

The thoroughly cultivated iced-over setting provides a backdrop for the story; one can easily concoct in one's mind the snowy, mountainous landscape Seaward paints with his words. The perfect pitch of the language in developing the mid-winter Colorado setting and the deep-cutting emotional environment is perhaps the novel's strongest point.

Due to the subject matter of the book, it can be difficult to read in many places, though it is important to absorb every word in order to get the full effect of the story. While some events can appear too intense or too harrowing for the reader to take in all at once, the events are never unrealistic. Always plausible, even inevitable, the mistakes these characters make are mistakes that the quintessential addict makes. The violence, disturbing behavior, one-sided motivations, and lack of compassion, especially in Dave, are so well-drawn and realistic that it can be emotionally draining to read, but in a good way, if a novel about drug addiction can do anything in "a good way.
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Everyone probably has endured some of the frustrations and pain dealing with addiction or a loved one's struggles with the debilitating disease of addiction. The media is often filled with celebrities and professional athletes journies dealing with addiction. Too often the antics of a chemically dependent celebrity is not treated like a tragedy until their eventual death. TMZ and other tabloids sometimes make light of the truly destructive nature surrounding addicts of their families, friends, health,careers, and finances.
"Some Are Sicker Than Others" details the struggles and destructive nature in an exceptionally well written and informative look on the inside of the addiction journey. Mr. Seaward's colorful characters development is superb and you will truly believe you know, have known ,or will know some of these people in the future. The accurate inclusion of codependency and a vivid look into the recovery and rehab efforts is educational and informative. The suspense of what will happen next makes this a true page turner hard to set aside once you begin.
I will look forward to future offerings from this talented author.
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Andrew Seaward, in his mesmerizing novel SOME ARE SICKER THAN OTHERS ,not only weaves an exceptionally well-constructed story with wholly credible characters, managing to open our hearts to create a group of people who seem without the ability to gain our concern, but even more importantly he offers deeper insights and relates more factual information about the disease of addiction than any other writer to date. Yes, there is a plethora of books that clinically describe the genesis and the process and the sequelae of substance abuse from alcohol to methamphetamine to crack cocaine to heroin to prescription drugs and combinations of these. There are also novels that incorporate addicted personages in the cast of characters, using that person or those persons to elucidate the effect on families and friends and the public in general from their addiction. But Seaward takes us a startling leap forward: he not only understands the socioeconomic and psychological and, yes, criminal impact these people create, but he also displays such a profound understanding of the physiological/medical aspects of addiction that we are left tot wonder if he hasn't been down the path of his characters himself - or at least in close enough proximity to discover the details he weaves into this book!

What we know about Andrew Seaward is that he is a chemical engineer, a participant in screenwriting and an actor (no surprise, given his magnetically handsome looks). Now we know that he is a writer of exceptional gifts, one poised at the beginning of a major new career.

Seaward jumps right into the world of addiction from page one when he introduces Monty and his fiancé Vicky in the room of an AA meeting.
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