Sunday, 30 October 2016

All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner


Reading this novel feels like walking with a friend, talking flat tack about what's happening in our lives.

Jennifer Weiner's voice sounds so like a friend of mine, it's as if my friend was in the room with me while I was reading this book. So, while this book is written from the point of view of a woman forming a huge addiction to painkillers, the tumbling roll of the writing style makes this a quick, breezy read.

It's easy to identify with Allison who is negotiating the stresses of work, motherhood, marriage and ageing parents, as she falls into a chasm of addiction. The power of this book is that it shows how easily anyone can slip from a successful job and family life into chaos. And that there is not much separating any of us - whether a heroin-addict on the street or a suburban mum - even if our lives look very different on the surface.