When It's the Parents Who Need Help

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Sometimes children help parents with recovery.

If someone is the adult child of an alcoholic or drug-dependent parent, one of the hardest things to face is confronting the parent with their problem. In his novel, "Late and Soon," one of Robert J. Hughes's characters helps his parents get sober – and changes his own life in the process.

"Late and Soon" by novelist Robert Hughes examines the confusions in love of a host of characters, and at the same time, looks at their lives beyond romance, deep into their families and pasts.

One character, Tobias, recounts how he helped his aged parents face up to their problems with alcohol. After they got sober, their once-abandoned careers took off again, and their lives became richer and more fulfilling. What their son did not anticipate was how his relationship with his parents would change.

"He was happy for them," Hughes says of Tobias, "but dissatisfied with himself. Now that they had become adults, he had less focus. Part of Tobias's journey of discovery is finding how, through his parents' path to self-awareness and growth, he might become a fuller person himself. But first he has to confront his own self-doubt.”

Novelist Robert J. Hughes, who is also a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, speaks with power about family issues, the art world and sheds a unique light on of modern-day living.


Betsy Steve


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