I wrote a memoir about my alcohol use and recovery entitled STUMBLING HOME: Life Before and After That Last Drink, due out from Heliotrope Books April 21, 2021. You can read a short excerpt here.
Advance praise for stumbling home
“What a remarkable journey to wholeness. Carol Weis has written a gem of a memoir, with unfettered commitment to detail, humanity, humor, and most of all: honesty. I couldn’t put it down.” —Jennifer Pastiloff, bestselling author of On Being Human.
“Painful, honest, humorous, beautiful, and so relatable. Carol Weis artfully transports us through the incredible journey of her life, its different phases both enmeshed with and stitched together by alcohol, whether it was her own drinking or someone else’s. Her complete liberation from alcohol offers hope and inspiration.” —Annie Grace, author of This Naked Mind and The Alcohol Experiment
“Carol Weis’s Stumbling Home is a story of recovery, a reckoning of the relationships that complicate it, and an examination of the years that brought her to that last flute of champagne. A welcome addition to the addiction canon, Weis’s vivid narrative illuminates the experience of navigating alcoholism and recovery as a woman with clarity and piercing details.” —Erin Khar, author of STRUNG OUT.
”Frank, searing, and ultimately hopeful, Stumbling Home is a page-turning story of alcoholism, relationships, and hard-won healing. Any reader whose life has been impacted by addiction will see themselves in these pages. I certainly did.” —Kristi Coulter, author of Nothing Good Can Come from This
“Bravely confronting the fears and the feelings that go along with addiction, recovery, and just being human, Stumbling Home will resonate with so many of us. Carol Weis inspires while reminding us that we are never alone.” —Lisa F. Smith, author of Girl Walks Out of a Bar
“Raw and naked, Carol Weis’s Stumbling Home makes clear the connection between childhood trauma and substance use, plus adult dysfunction.” —Ann Dowsett Johnston, Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol
“In frank, lyrical prose and a nonlinear structure, Weis draws seemingly paradoxic parallels between her own alcoholism and recovery, single motherhood, and childhood trauma. In so doing, she demonstrates the myriad ways in which the expectations put upon women and girls shape our shared experiences and cultural conceptions of femininity and what it means to exist in a woman’s body.” —Amy Long, author of Codependence
“From the riveting opening to the reconciliation of the end, STUMBLING HOME links the anxiety of abandonment to the anxiety of addiction with exceptional clarity and resonance. In exploring both her family and her own personal history with alcohol, Weis offers a memoir punctuated by reckoning, empathy for who we were against who we can become, and layers of grace and vulnerability.” —Wendy J. Fox, author of If the Ice Had Held and What If We Were Somewhere Else