|Cost (2008) [Novel]|
by Roxana Robinson
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(From the publisher):
When Julia Lambert, a painter and art professor, settles into her old Maine farmhouse for the summer, she plans to spend the time tending her fragile relationships with her father, an authoritarian neuro-surgeon, and her gentle-hearted mother, who is quietly losing her memory. Into their insular world a shattering revelation intrudes: Julia learns that her twenty-two-year-old son, Jack, has spiraled into heroin addiction.
In an attempt to save him, Julia marshals help from her loose-knit clan: elderly parents, remarried ex-husband, distant sister, and conflicted elder son. Ultimately, heroin courses through the characters' lives with an impersonal and devastating energy, sweeping Jack into the exhilarating self-destruction of drug addiction and drawing the family into a world in which deceit, crime, and fear are parts of daily life.
Original title: Cost
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Troubled Lives