A blazing meteor of a novel from a literary star on the rise about alcoholic mother and former starlet Sonya, who fights for a relationship with her son — as well as a second chance at life. Convincing, compelling characters and stunning prose combine in this heart-rending window into the explosive combination of addiction and motherhood. Bright, Burning Things is an emotional and nuanced approach to hard-hitting subjects, and author Harding pulls from her own acting experience for a cinematic and authentic novel. For fans of Shuggie Bain and Three Women, this one will make the tears fall.
“On every page there are little shimmering bombs. Like Room, where parenthood is at once your jail and your salvation, it is almost claustrophobic—but in the most glorious way.”—Lisa Taddeo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Three Women and Animal
A rising international literary star makes her American debut with this visceral, tender, and brave portrait of addiction, recovery, and motherhood, as harrowing and intense as Shuggie Bain.
Sonya used to perform on stage. She used to attend glamorous parties, date handsome men, ride in fast cars. But somewhere along the way, the stage lights Sonya lived for dimmed for good. In their absence, came darkness—blackouts, empty cupboards, hazy nights she can't remember.
What keeps Sonya from losing herself completely is Tommy, her son. But her immense love for Tommy is in fierce conflict with her immense love of the bottle. Addiction amplifies her fear of losing her child; every maternal misstep compels her to drink. Tommy’s precious life is in her shaky hands.
Eventually Sonya is forced to make a choice. Give up drinking or lose Tommy—forever.
Bright Burning Things is an emotional tour-de-force—a devastating, nuanced, and ultimately hopeful look at an addict’s journey towards rehabilitation and redemption.
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Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm