Then There Was No Mountain: A Parallel Odyssey of a Mother and Daughter Through Addiction

3.93 avg rating
( 27 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781589792470: Then There Was No Mountain: A Parallel Odyssey of a Mother and Daughter Through Addiction
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Sophie was a brilliant child by anyone's definition. Accomplished athlete, 4-H champion, recognized artist, and Western and English horsewoman. By the age of sixteen she had added one more "achievement" to her resume, this one ignominious: drug addict. Then There Was No Mountain describes the external and internal processes the author, Sophie's mother, experiences in coming to terms with her daughter's addiction, then in seeking and ultimately finding help. Equally important, the author is forthright in examining the role that she, as a single mother, played in perpetuating her daughter's crisis by not coming to terms with her own "drugs of choice": guilt, shame, and denial.

A timely and provocative voice in the chorus of firsthand experiences of parents dealing with their childrens' drug use, Then There Was No Mountain is set against the backdrop of the ranching West, where the parallel paths of mother and daughter to healing are illuminated by Waterston's powerful pen. In real time the story covers a period of two years; in "heart time," the author writes, "it takes the reader to places of pain, promise, and wonder." Along the way, the rawness of life―represented by a father wanted on charges of drug possession, selling child pornography, and raping and molesting a minor―is set against the miraculous, an extraordinarily intuitive Montana social worker who helps adolescent girls regain their self-respect through ranch work.

This book is not just a "how-to" but what the author calls "a wherefore-and invitation to the reader to look the good, the bad, and the ugly of life in the eye with the same unwavering gaze."

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Ellen Waterston began her writing career at Harvard University, where as an undergraduate she wrote for the Harvard Crimson and was a stringer for Time Magazine. A recipient of five writing scholarships since 1998, she has contributed essays, short stories, and poems to a variety of journals, magazines, and anthologies. She lives in Bend, Oregon.

Review:

Her book should help others who are blindly navigating their way back to health and normalcy. (Publishers Weekly)

[A] More must read. (More)

Full of honesty, heartbreak, and revelation. (San Jose Mercury News)

Only if you have a feel for the written word that is stronger than the heartache you must describe can you deliver a narrative as powerful as Ellen Waterston's. (Oregonian)

Waterston's book is a brave undertaking and a gift to us all. (True Story)

One of the top 10 Northwest books (Oregonian)

An unflinching, honest account of a mother's long struggle to save her troubled daughter. Set against vivid backgrounds of Western and New England landscapes, it is an engrossing story, all the more because many readers will feel a pang of recognition at the hard issues facing contemporary parents, whether they come from tiny, wind-swept ranch towns or affluent east coast cities. . . . A beautiful and compelling book. (Craig Lesley, author of The Sky Fishermen and Storm Riders)

The author is my sister. This is the main reason I know about this book, but not the main reason I strongly urge you to get it and read it. It is strong medicine. It is written from the heart, with eyes wide open. (Sam Waterston, star of NBC's Law & Order)

If your mission is to lay bare "the parallel odyssey of a mother and daughter through addiction," unfailing, unblinking honesty is your starting line. But only if you have a feel for the written word that is stronger than the heartache you must describe can you deliver a narrative as powerful as [Waterston's]. . . . But the illuminating force of this book is Waterston's pacing, her subtle detail of life on Oregon's High Desert, her metaphors, and her choreography with the language. Perhaps the compelling frankness of Then There Was No Mountain is possible because after years of sever and troubled darkness, pages of honest emotion seem like steps of light. (Steve Duin, The Oregonian)

An eloquent, smart, and painful book about the problems every parent faces raising children in America. (Kent Nelson, author, Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781589790469: Then There Was No Mountain: A Parallel Odyssey of a Mother and Daughter Through Addiction

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1589790464 ISBN 13:  9781589790469
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2003
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Waterston, Ellen
ISBN 10: 1589792475 ISBN 13: 9781589792470
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2005. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # TN-9781589792470

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.39
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Ellen Waterston
Published by Taylor Trade Publishing, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 1589792475 ISBN 13: 9781589792470
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Taylor Trade Publishing, United States, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Sophie was a brilliant child by anyone's definition. Accomplished athlete, 4-H champion, recognized artist, and Western and English horsewoman. By the age of sixteen she had added one more "achievement" to her resume, this one ignominious: drug addict. Then There Was No Mountain describes the external and internal processes the author, Sophie's mother, experiences in coming to terms with her daughter's addiction, then in seeking and ultimately finding help. Equally important, the author is forthright in examining the role that she, as a single mother, played in perpetuating her daughter's crisis by not coming to terms with her own "drugs of choice": guilt, shame, and denial. A timely and provocative voice in the chorus of firsthand experiences of parents dealing with their childrens' drug use, Then There Was No Mountain is set against the backdrop of the ranching West, where the parallel paths of mother and daughter to healing are illuminated by Waterston's powerful pen. In real time the story covers a period of two years; in "heart time," the author writes, "it takes the reader to places of pain, promise, and wonder."Along the way, the rawness of life-represented by a father wanted on charges of drug possession, selling child pornography, and raping and molesting a minor-is set against the miraculous, an extraordinarily intuitive Montana social worker who helps adolescent girls regain their self-respect through ranch work. This book is not just a "how-to" but what the author calls "a wherefore-and invitation to the reader to look the good, the bad, and the ugly of life in the eye with the same unwavering gaze.". Seller Inventory # ANB9781589792470

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.03
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Waterson, Ellen
Published by National Book Network
ISBN 10: 1589792475 ISBN 13: 9781589792470
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description National Book Network. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 1589792475

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.43
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Ellen Waterston
Published by Taylor Trade Publishing, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 1589792475 ISBN 13: 9781589792470
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Taylor Trade Publishing, United States, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Sophie was a brilliant child by anyone's definition. Accomplished athlete, 4-H champion, recognized artist, and Western and English horsewoman. By the age of sixteen she had added one more "achievement" to her resume, this one ignominious: drug addict. Then There Was No Mountain describes the external and internal processes the author, Sophie's mother, experiences in coming to terms with her daughter's addiction, then in seeking and ultimately finding help. Equally important, the author is forthright in examining the role that she, as a single mother, played in perpetuating her daughter's crisis by not coming to terms with her own "drugs of choice": guilt, shame, and denial. A timely and provocative voice in the chorus of firsthand experiences of parents dealing with their childrens' drug use, Then There Was No Mountain is set against the backdrop of the ranching West, where the parallel paths of mother and daughter to healing are illuminated by Waterston's powerful pen. In real time the story covers a period of two years; in "heart time," the author writes, "it takes the reader to places of pain, promise, and wonder."Along the way, the rawness of life-represented by a father wanted on charges of drug possession, selling child pornography, and raping and molesting a minor-is set against the miraculous, an extraordinarily intuitive Montana social worker who helps adolescent girls regain their self-respect through ranch work. This book is not just a "how-to" but what the author calls "a wherefore-and invitation to the reader to look the good, the bad, and the ugly of life in the eye with the same unwavering gaze.". Seller Inventory # BTE9781589792470

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.54
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Ellen Waterston
Published by Taylor Trade Publishing, United States (2005)
ISBN 10: 1589792475 ISBN 13: 9781589792470
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Taylor Trade Publishing, United States, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Sophie was a brilliant child by anyone's definition. Accomplished athlete, 4-H champion, recognized artist, and Western and English horsewoman. By the age of sixteen she had added one more "achievement" to her resume, this one ignominious: drug addict. Then There Was No Mountain describes the external and internal processes the author, Sophie's mother, experiences in coming to terms with her daughter's addiction, then in seeking and ultimately finding help. Equally important, the author is forthright in examining the role that she, as a single mother, played in perpetuating her daughter's crisis by not coming to terms with her own "drugs of choice": guilt, shame, and denial. A timely and provocative voice in the chorus of firsthand experiences of parents dealing with their childrens' drug use, Then There Was No Mountain is set against the backdrop of the ranching West, where the parallel paths of mother and daughter to healing are illuminated by Waterston's powerful pen. In real time the story covers a period of two years; in "heart time," the author writes, "it takes the reader to places of pain, promise, and wonder."Along the way, the rawness of life-represented by a father wanted on charges of drug possession, selling child pornography, and raping and molesting a minor-is set against the miraculous, an extraordinarily intuitive Montana social worker who helps adolescent girls regain their self-respect through ranch work. This book is not just a "how-to" but what the author calls "a wherefore-and invitation to the reader to look the good, the bad, and the ugly of life in the eye with the same unwavering gaze.". Seller Inventory # ANB9781589792470

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.66
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Ellen Waterson
Published by Taylor Trade Publishing (2005)
ISBN 10: 1589792475 ISBN 13: 9781589792470
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1589792475

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Ellen Waterson
Published by Taylor Trade Publishing (2005)
ISBN 10: 1589792475 ISBN 13: 9781589792470
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1589792475

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 25.36
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Waterson, Ellen
Published by Taylor Trade Publishing (2005)
ISBN 10: 1589792475 ISBN 13: 9781589792470
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111589792475

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 53.92
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Ellen Waterson
ISBN 10: 1589792475 ISBN 13: 9781589792470
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-1589792475

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 78.53
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Ellen Waterson
Published by Taylor Trade Publishing (2005)
ISBN 10: 1589792475 ISBN 13: 9781589792470
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1589792475n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 89.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds