Chancers : addiction, prison, recovery, love: one couple's memoir

by Stellin, Susan,

Format: Print Book 2016
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HV5805.S75 A3 2016
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HV5805.S75 A3 2016
"For readers of Beautiful Boy, Drinking- A Love Story, and Dry comes a brave shared memoir, told in alternating chapters, of love, addiction, devotion, and redemption. When Stanford-educated New York Times journalist Susan Stellin met the edgy and charming Scottish portrait photographer Graham MacIndoe, they fell hard and fast. But after their romantic first few months together, Graham's addiction to heroin and crack slowly eroded their relationship. In Chancers, they tell their story, from Graham's arrest for drug possession, his stint at Riker's Island, and his looming threat of deportation to Susan's struggles, first to distance herself, then to follow her instincts to help him."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This unengaging memoir is narrated in turns by Stellin, a freelance writer who is an on-again-off-again girlfriend of and self-described guardian angel to MacIndoe, a photographer addicted to heroin and cocaine. They meet in the swirl of young professional life in New York City. She is not over the moon about him but is willing to date. He obsesses about her at first, but soon enough, when he thinks about her, it is often in the context of how to hide his drug habit. She discovers his addiction early on. She then begins a campaign to save him, encouraging him to go to therapy and bailing him out of prison. Her reasons for doing so are opaque. As one of her friends said to her, "You're being driven for reasons we don't fully understand." MacIndoe's perspective doesn't illuminate the bond between them, unfortunately, for his narrative is consumed with doing drugs, hiding drugs, and life in prison. Stellin plays a bit part amid a cast of people who concern him: his parents and siblings, a jumble of other women. This memoir wants to be a love story but lacks the oomph to achieve it. Instead, what started powerfully eventually meanders, lost, in the pain and confusion of drug addiction. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Stellin, Susan.
MacIndoe, Graham, -- 1963-
Drug addicts -- United States -- Biography.
Drug addicts -- Rehabilitation -- United States -- Biography.
Drug addicts -- Family relationships.
Publisher New York :Ballantine Books,2016
Edition First edition.
Contributors MacIndoe, Graham, 1963- author.
Language English
Description xvii, 422 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781101882740
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