Recovering Addict Finds Inspiration Through Loss

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Author Jeffrey Walker turns heartbreak to creative comedy in his new book

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To be able to find humor in our darkest moments and afflictions, I think, gives us all hope.

Jeffrey Walker lost his close friend and uncle to AIDS and almost lost his own life to a heroin/opioid addiction. Instead of giving in to his addiction, Walker found inspiration in his tribulations and used his experiences to pen his debut novel.

In “The Black Hand,” Jeffrey Walker tells the story of “Elliot,” who has spent years enveloped in a heroin addiction, when he suddenly loses his uncle and only friend. After crashing his truck while under the influence, Elliot ends up in a recovery center and his new, bizarre adventures begin.

“As a society, we need to have more open dialogue about addiction and recovery, mental illness and suicide,” Walker said.

A recovering addict, Walker knows first-hand the struggles of addiction and grief. He earned his BA in English from UC Riverside and has published a number of articles, essays and personal prose.

“This book is for anyone who has been touched by loss, addiction or mental illness,” Walker said. “To be able to find humor in our darkest moments and afflictions, I think, gives us all hope.”

“The Black Hand”
By Jeffrey Walker
ISBN: 978-1-4808-5010-1
Available at Archway Publishing and Amazon

About the author
Jeffrey Walker is a writer from Southern California. He studied English at the University of California, Riverside, where he first began writing creative nonfiction and personal prose for various publications. To learn more about the author and his book, please visit https://www.archwaypublishing.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-001134402 or follow him on Twitter @jeffwalkersdead. This is his first novel.

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