All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner

allfalldownVery strong, highly readable new fiction from Jennifer Weiner. She’s tackling a very heavy and intense subject here (as she often is) — in this case, a prescription drug addiction that pulls high-achieving suburban mom Allison into a nightmare she never imagined. Weiner does a great job of making Allison’s slide into addiction absolutely real and believable, treating the subject with the seriousness it deserves, while still maintaining the self-aware, snarky voice we expect of a Weiner heroine. The humour here is often dark, but it’s real, and there aren’t easy, happily-ever-after solutions to Allison’s problems. I found this a quick, absorbing and satisfying read, and I’d definitely recommend it.

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