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Beachglass

A Novel

Wendy Blackburn

St. Martin's Griffin

Self-deprecating and bitingly smart, Delia, a recovering addict, forges her own brand of hard won wisdom on her journey in sobriety.  When Delia entered treatment for drug and alcohol addiction at seventeen, her life changed forever.  She believed she could make it through anything without backsliding--until she receives a phone call from her best friend, Timothy, whom she met in rehab.
 
Fulfilling a pact they made a decade earlier, she leaves her husband and child in Seattle to care for him as he dies.  While in Los Angeles, Delia sorts through her memories--and as her past catches up with her present, she sees she has not merely survived her losses and mistakes, but has been made better because of them.
"A tender, terrifying chronicle of the wages of modern-day sin and the hope of the world to come. . . . A story that rings with grief and triumph."
--Jacquelyn Mitchard, author, The Deep End of the Ocean and Still Summer

"Delicately portraying friendship and loss, temptation and redemption, the turmoil of addiction and the hard-won gifts of recovery, Beachglass is highly recommended for every reader--and required reading for all those in recovery."
-- Martha O'Connor, author of The Bitch Posse
 
"A vibrant, engaging, and utterly honest book...this is a novel which seems to be about recovery but is really about so much more: friendship, chosen families, and the transformative power of human love." 
-- Nicole Mones, author of Lost in Translation
 
"Set in a glittering, gritty, late-80s Los Angeles, Beachglass is a beautifully written novel, which, at its heart, is about friendship . . . Though this story made me weep, it helped me see--through my tears--just how messy and miraculous the human condition can be."           
- Rebecca Agiewich, author of BreakupBabe
 
WENDY BLACKBURN has been a chemical dependency counselor since 1992. She lives with her family in a small town outside of Seattle, Washington. This is her first novel. Please visit www.wendyblackburn.com
Self-deprecating and bitingly smart, Delia, a recovering addict, forges her own brand of hard won wisdom on her journey in sobriety.  When Delia entered treatment for drug and alcohol addiction at seventeen, her life changed forever.  She believed she could make it through anything without backsliding--until she receives a phone call from her best friend, Timothy, whom she met in rehab.
 
Fulfilling a pact they made a decade earlier, she leaves her husband and child in Seattle to care for him as he dies.  While in Los Angeles, Delia sorts through her memories--and as her past catches up with her present, she sees she has not merely survived her losses and mistakes, but has been made better because of them.
"A tender, terrifying chronicle of the wages of modern-day sin and the hope of the world to come. . . . A story that rings with grief and triumph."
--Jacquelyn Mitchard, author, The Deep End of the Ocean and Still Summer

"Delicately portraying friendship and loss, temptation and redemption, the turmoil of addiction and the hard-won gifts of recovery, Beachglass is highly recommended for every reader--and required reading for all those in recovery."
-- Martha O'Connor, author of The Bitch Posse
 
"A vibrant, engaging, and utterly honest book...this is a novel which seems to be about recovery but is really about so much more: friendship, chosen families, and the transformative power of human love." 
-- Nicole Mones, author of Lost in Translation
 
"Set in a glittering, gritty, late-80s Los Angeles, Beachglass is a beautifully written novel, which, at its heart, is about friendship . . . Though this story made me weep, it helped me see--through my tears--just how messy and miraculous the human condition can be."           
- Rebecca Agiewich, author of BreakupBabe
 WENDY BLACKBURN has been a chemical dependency counselor since 1992. She lives with her family in a small town outside of Seattle, Washington. This is her first novel. Please visit www.wendyblackburn.com

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Praise for Beachglass

"A song by Sheryl Crow might be the backing track for Wendy Blackburn's debut novel, Beachglass, a tender, terrifying chronicle of the wages of modern-day sin and the hope of the world to come. Addiction and recovery are broken lands strewn with the explosives of sentimentality and exaggeration, but Blackburn's sure hand avoids both to tell a story that rings with grief and triumph."
--Jacquelyn Mitchard, author, The Deep End of the Ocean and Still Summer
            -Note: To use quote, must include both of Mitchard's book titles
 
 "With richly textured scenes and characters, Wendy Blackburn's debut novel explores the fragile world of addiction, recovery, and loss. She navigates this tough territory effortlessly and with the clear-headed vision of one who's been there.  Delicately portraying friendship and loss, temptation and redemption, the turmoil of addiction and the hard-won gifts of recovery, Beachglass is highly recommended for every reader--and required reading for all those in recovery."
-- Martha O'Connor, author of The Bitch Posse
 
"Set in a glittering, gritty, late-80s Los Angeles, Beachglass is a beautifully written novel, which, at its heart, is about friendship and the way in which it both strengthens and tests us. Though this story made me weep, it helped me see--through my tears--just how messy and miraculous the human condition can be."           
- Rebecca Agiewich, author of BreakupBabe
 
"Blackburn…obviously knows her material: The AA meetings and late-night coffee and cigarette klatches ring so true that the tobacco smoke practically wafts off the page."
--Kirkus Review
 
"...a deeply affecting, hard-hitting story...Richly imagined and full of vivid characters..."
-- Seattle Times
 
"Beachglass takes you into the rooms of AA and rehab with the startling, powerful clarity of one who knows this precarious terrain all too well.  A new and promising talent, Wendy Blackburn writes with a refreshing sense of honesty, hope, and renewal." 
-- James Brown, author of The Los Angeles Diaries
 
"A vibrant, engaging, and utterly honest book...this is a novel which seems to be about recovery but is really about so much more: friendship, chosen families, and the transformative power of human love." 
-- Nicole Mones, author of Lost in Translation
 
"Wendy Blackburn's Beachglass paints an insightful portrait of not only a recovering addict, but of those who love her--parents, spouse, child, and friends. Addicts often claim, "It's my life." But truly, their addiction touches a wide circle of people around them, as Beachglass so poignantly illustrates.  Kudos to Blackburn for a fine debut novel." 
-- Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank
 
"One of the book's strengths is the characters' emotions--and their collective let-the-truth-come-out nature. You will finish the novel with a sense of how truth, past dependency and all, can lighten the heart and mind rather than trouble it."
-- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
 
 "A richly poignant first novel."
- Booklist
 
"Beachglass is not just for those interested in the subject of recovery from addiction, it's for everyone who loves a powerful story, colorful characters, a believably solid plot, and absolutely delicious writing. It's one of the most poignant portrayals of recovery that I have ever read."
-- Neil Scott, Producer and host of talk radio show Recovery Coast to Coast
"A song by Sheryl Crow might be the backing track for Wendy Blackburn's debut novel, Beachglass, a tender, terrifying chronicle of the wages of modern-day sin and the hope of the world to come. Addiction and recovery are broken lands strewn with the explosives of sentimentality and exaggeration, but Blackburn's sure hand avoids both to tell a story that rings with grief and triumph."
--Jacquelyn Mitchard, author, The Deep End of the Ocean and Still Summer
            -Note: To use quote, must include both of Mitchard's book titles
 
 "With richly textured scenes and characters, Wendy Blackburn's debut novel explores the fragile world of addiction, recovery, and loss. She navigates this tough territory effortlessly and with the clear-headed vision of one who's been there.  Delicately portraying friendship and loss, temptation and redemption, the turmoil of addiction and the hard-won gifts of recovery, Beachglass is highly recommended for every reader--and required reading for all those in recovery."
-- Martha O'Connor, author of The Bitch Posse
 
"Set in a glittering, gritty, late-80s Los Angeles, Beachglass is a beautifully written novel, which, at its heart, is about friendship and the way in which it both strengthens and tests us. Though this story made me weep, it helped me see--through my tears--just how messy and miraculous the human condition can be."           
- Rebecca Agiewich, author of BreakupBabe
 
"Blackburn…obviously knows her material: The AA meetings and late-night coffee and cigarette klatches ring so true that the tobacco smoke practically wafts off the page."
--Kirkus Review
 
"...a deeply affecting, hard-hitting story...Richly imagined and full of vivid characters..."
-- Seattle Times
 
"Beachglass takes you into the rooms of AA and rehab with the startling, powerful clarity of one who knows this precarious terrain all too well.  A new and promising talent, Wendy Blackburn writes with a refreshing sense of honesty, hope, and renewal." 
-- James Brown, author of The Los Angeles Diaries
 
"A vibrant, engaging, and utterly honest book...this is a novel which seems to be about recovery but is really about so much more: friendship, chosen families, and the transformative power of human love." 
-- Nicole Mones, author of Lost in Translation
 
"Wendy Blackburn's Beachglass paints an insightful portrait of not only a recovering addict, but of those who love her--parents, spouse, child, and friends. Addicts often claim, "It's my life." But truly, their addiction touches a wide circle of people around them, as Beachglass so poignantly illustrates.  Kudos to Blackburn for a fine debut novel." 
-- Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank
 
"One of the book's strengths is the characters' emotions--and their collective let-the-truth-come-out nature. You will finish the novel with a sense of how truth, past dependency and all, can lighten the heart and mind rather than trouble it."
-- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
 
 "A richly poignant first novel."
- Booklist
 
"Beachglass is not just for those interested in the subject of recovery from addiction, it's for everyone who loves a powerful story, colorful characters, a believably solid plot, and absolutely delicious writing. It's one of the most poignant portrayals of recovery that I have ever read."
-- Neil Scott, Producer and host of talk radio show Recovery Coast to Coast

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  • WENDY BLACKBURN has been a chemical dependency counselor since 1992. She lives with her family in a small town outside of Seattle, Washington. This is her first novel.
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