Lois Mathieu The Next to Last Drink

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The Next to Last Drink

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What kind of courage does one need to break the cycle of addiction after years of using alcohol as a remedy for anxiety. RUMI, the 14th century poet, asks: Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? The Next To Last Drink answers this universal question. Will Valentine is a prominent architect who spends much of his life using alcohol to quiet anxiety. When alcohol becomes toxic to him, he nearly loses his life, and that forces him to begin the journey of recovery. He believes in the power of his will and personal courage, and using those assests, he is determined to make it out of his prison. But a surge of anxiety weakens his resolve. Medications that might become addictive are frowned on by his counselors. Safer medications either do not relieve anxiety or they diminish his libido. One part of him wants to be sober, but in his heart he wants to keep on drinking. He knows that alcohol has given up on him more than he has given up on alcohol. His remedy has become a poison. Will is at the crossroads when a diary comes into his hands and challenges him to confront addiction at a deeper level. He admits that there are limits to will power and courage, and he re-thinks his position on faith. But Will Valentine is wary of giving in to a higher power for fear of losing personal freedom as well as the connection to the man he knows as himself.  Walk with Will Valentine. Accompany him on his journey and see why even people who have much to lose often do not have what it takes to break the cycle of addiction. See why it is sometimes easier to stay in prison even when the door is so wide open.

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I was schooled on the inside of addiction by someone who trusted me to use my knowledge to benefit others. I knew that fiction was the art form that would enable me to go beyond the limits of the biographical genre to create a universal character wholly from my insights and creative imagination. The story of Will Valentine is not biographical but it is true in that the story reveals what I know about the struggle of addiction.
 
On the surface, this story is quite different from my previous novel, Debut. But there is an important similarity in the way the characters are tested and pushed to confront the reality of their lives. In both stories, characters start out struggling against that reality, looking for a way out. When they are confronted by the truth of who they are, they must decide how they want to live the rest of their lives.

About the Author:

Lois Mathieu is a full-time fiction writer. She grew up in a rural part of Connecticut imagining the possibiity of venturing out and embracing a larger world view. She earned a B.A. degree from Syracuse University in New York, and a Masters of English from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She has made over a dozen trips to Japan working as a professional writer for a corporation. Lois' early poems and poetry reviews have been published in fine literary journals and anthologies. She is a first-prize recipient of the Joseph E. Brodine Award, presented to her by the Connecticut Poetry Society for her poem on the Holocaust, Counting Sheep by Night. Lois has authored three novels: The Next To Last Drink, in 2012; Debut, in 2011; and Quiet But Dangerous, in 2002. Lois enjoys going head to head with life's most difficult challenges - "those pains that are thrown at us or are self-inflicted. A story worth telling is one that reveals the journey of a person at the crossroads, one who must change course or remain imprisoned in emotional and psychological misery. In the throes of such seriousness, Lois keeps alive the desire to write a hilarious piece one day, but as she says, "sustaining humor may be the most difficult writing of all."

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