by Christina Reihill Print book : Poetry
Soul Burgers is a book which seeks to offer hope.   (2012-03-27)
This is a unique, life-enhancing book. A tale told in two halves, the first part is Christina Reihill’s starkly honest account of love, bereavement, suicidal thoughts, alcoholism and the long, hard road to recovery. She follows this with a haunting but uplifting series of poems charting her descent, her eventual sobriety and her path to wisdom and joy.
The introduction is a deeply moving description of how this sensitive child from a family of six, a twin , endured the sudden, devastating loss of her mother before moving to London where she worked as journalist on Vogue and various other publications before becoming addicted to booze, cocaine and morphine. Following the breakdown of her marriage, feeling suicidally depressed, she returns home and seeks help. The poems are divided into three sections – the Sleep, the Wake and the Dawn – and show her climb from hell to hope. What I loved about Soul Burgers was its devastating honesty and clarity, and above all, its message of the infinite possibilities life offers us all.
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