Shots to Sobriety: A Mother's Journey

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Award-winning author Barbara Cuesta writes new novel encompassing a woman’s journey with alcoholism, cancer and schizophrenia

AA is no new age phenomenon but a kind of old fashioned miracle, its devotees in church basements are like the early Christians in the catacombs.

In order to come to terms with her daughter’s death from cancer, former alcoholic mother, Henrietta Rose must find her path by mending relationships and contributing to Alcoholics Anonymous to move forward.

Award-winning author Barbara De La Cuesta’s new novel, “Henrietta Rose,” expresses the fear and complications of a woman who was depended on alcohol for most of her life and suffers from Korsakoff’s disease. This influential protagonist eventually becomes a naïve painter, a raconteur and sought-after speaker at AA meetings.

“Rose suffers from her own demons and finds strength in recovery and connecting with her schizophrenic grandson, after her daughter passes away,” Cuesta said. “Korsakoff’s disease affects her short-term memory and ability to walk properly. Between her daily routine of painting and speaking at AA meetings, Rose remembers the dangerous path she took after her daughter passed away.”

Cuesta touches on the problems and real-life situations that can happen when building a relationship with someone who suffer from alcoholism, cancer or schizophrenia.

“Alcoholism is a family disease, but sobriety is fun and funny,” Cuesta said. “AA is no new age phenomenon but a kind of old fashioned miracle, its devotees in church basements are like the early Christians in the catacombs.”

Henrietta Rose
By: Barbara de la Cuesta
Retail price: $9.95
ISBN:0-595-01012-1
Available in paperback and e-book

About the author:
Barbara De La Cuesta received her master’s degree from Lesley University, Cambridge, Mass., and has won fiction fellowship from The NJ Council on Arts, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center and The Millay Colony. She has published another book, “The Spanish Teacher,” winner of the Gival Press Fiction Prize, in 2007. This year she was first runner up for the Dana Prize. Cuesta has held a number of jobs that have influenced her writing, like teaching English in South America, Spanish and ESL.

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