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Best Kept Secret
by Amy Hatvany

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Cadence didn’t sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea.

Her drinking snuck up on her - as a way to sleep, to help her relax after a long day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful divorce that’s left her struggling to make ends meet with her five-year old son, Charlie.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Cadence didn’t sit down one night and decide that downing two bottles of wine was a brilliant idea.

Her drinking snuck up on her - as a way to sleep, to help her relax after a long day, to relieve some of the stress of the painful divorce that’s left her struggling to make ends meet with her five-year old son, Charlie.

It wasn’t always like this. Just a few years ago, Cadence seemed to have it all—a successful husband, an adorable son, and a promising career as a freelance journalist. But with the demise of her marriage, her carefully constructed life begins to spiral out of control. Suddenly she is all alone trying to juggle the demands of work and motherhood.

Logically, Cadence knows that she is drinking too much, and every day begins with renewed promises to herself that she will stop. But within a few hours, driven by something she doesn’t understand, she is reaching for the bottle - even when it means not playing with her son because she is too tired, or dropping him off at preschool late, again. And even when one calamitous night it means leaving him alone to pick up more wine at the grocery store. It’s only when her ex-husband shows up at her door to take Charlie away that Cadence realizes her best kept secret has been discovered….

Heartbreaking, haunting, and ultimately life-affirming, Best Kept Secret is more than just the story of Cadence—it’s a story of how the secrets we hold closest are the ones that can most tear us apart.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781439193310
  • ISBN-10: 1439193312
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publish Date: June 2011
  • Page Count: 330


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-05-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Wine is as much a character in Hatvany's confessional third novel (after The Language of Sisters) as is Cadence Sutter, the journalist and single mom whose struggle with alcohol Hatvany chronicles in maudlin detail. Once upon a time, Sutter was a happy wife and loving mother to Charlie, now five, but a bitter divorce led her to cope with her stresses by drinking—a lot. Over the course of a year, having a glass or two of Merlot with friends slid messily into nonstop binges in the privacy of her own home. Now, after losing custody of her son, Candace is in a fight to win him back, both legally and emotionally. Hatvany interrupts the present with glimpses of Sutter's year of uncontrolled drinking, revealing the painful realities of addiction. The author adopts the intimate feel of a memoir and unfortunately unimaginative prose: "I averted my eyes from my child and gulped down two long swallows. It only took a moment for that familiar feeling to wash over me, like hot honey pushing through my veins." Still, she illustrates how easily someone leading what looks like a normal life can actually be terribly trapped. (July)

 
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