Book Review: The Fix

By Marcela Andre

Excruciating narrative inside a family harboring a long-addicted father, the overdose crisis of heroin seen now daily lived for a decade in an eldest child´s narrative, a girl maturing from childhood grasping the garrulous flaws of her beloved father; a working family theatrically denying a problem to appear as normal Jewish community members, the story a bitter pill to be taken up as an indispensable tool, a loupe in a book to examine our own childhoods’ dysfunctional events, addictions per se within our lives’ narratives.

Author Sharon Leder shares a bodycam image via prose of the view of the eldest girl and an addicted parent in a family predating 12-step programs. For all who, as children, had an alcoholic or violent parent, this is a useful book for working out the spooks in the memory bank of the days that were. It is best read with another sympathetic reader, ideal for sharing in welcoming new members into 12-step recovery programs, and useful for young people as a warning against trying opioids.

This is a rare book for enhancing the libraries of Jewish, community, and youth groups because it is something so unheard of, something incongruent, but it is a true story via fiction. This book belongs in all codependence and recovery libraries and serves as an education incubator. Nobody is exempt from the vagaries of the physical mechanism of addiction, and one can only cheer the victory of a young girl’s success out of a childhood with a father who died of a heroin overdose kept secret. The author’s reality was harder than her fictional account, but one can write a different ending, editing a less-than-perfect childhood. The reader will be rewarded with winning formula secrets within the book to overcome pain from the hand dealt one at the start of life.

Dr. Gail F. Melson, Ph.D., Professor Emerita at Purdue University, calls The Fix an ideal companion book for coursework on developmental psychology focusing on children and stress. The book was a Merrimack Media Outstanding Writer Award 2015 Finalist and a new publication of KiCam Projects. Author Sharon Leder presented this important new book in San Miguel Allende at Shalom San Miguel Jewish Community and Cultural Center on Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Leder has taught and published books and articles on women’s and Jewish studies at the State University of New York’s various locations and is a gifted writer and poet married to Milton Teichman.

For more information about The Fix and Leder, see sharon.teichmangallery@gmail.com‒sharonleder.com

 

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