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Drunk Mom

Drunk Mom [Kindle Edition]

Jowita Bydlowska
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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After three years of sobriety, Jowita thought she was safe from falling back into the dark hole of alcoholism. She had just given birth to a beautiful baby boy and there was no reason to think that this was not the happiest time in her life. At a party celebrating the arrival of the new baby, someone handed her a glass of champagne and without thinking, she took a big sip. A few days later she was in a first of series of blackouts that marked her first year as a new mother.

Drunk Mum digs under the pantheon that is Motherhood, shaking its foundation with Jowita’s troubling admissions. Feminism or not, mothers are still held up to society’s highest scrutiny and expectations—this memoir reveals how even such expectations and love for a child cannot stop the obsession of addiction.

Praise for Drunk Mum

“[M]aternal tippling is a trendy topic on ‘mom’ blogs... But these chirpy, jokey accounts don’t touch the dark spiral of addiction Toronto writer Jowita Bydlowska relives in this riveting account... Bydlowska is an evocative, talented and gutsy writer who appears willing to confess all… Bydlowska writes of watching other upscale stroller-pushing moms and wondering: do they hide mickeys in their diaper bags too? With this bracing book, others will now be asking that question as well.”

‘[A] gifted writer, and a courageous one… Without glibness, without self-pity, knowing that she risks being judged, Bydlowska tells her story…. Luckily for those reading her story, she possesses a wickedly dark sense of humour.”
—The Gazette, Montreal

“A compelling, raw look at her struggle with alcoholism, the addiction that swallowed [Bydlowska] after the birth of her son.”

“[She] eschews the touchy-feely language of recovery ... The cool yet raw efficiency of Bydlowska’s prose, a testament to her successful journalistic career, repudiates indulgence of any kind. This detachment is what makes Drunk Mom both a painful yet paradoxically effortless read.”
—Literary Review of Canada

“Drunk Mom is a stunning, harrowing read. Why harrowing? Not just because of the dramatic story, of a new mother at the edge of her tether. And not only because of Jowita Bydlowska’s skill as a writer, and the crisp, original way she tells it. What’s most harrowing about Drunk Mom is that you can’t stop reading it—this, the dark, now-told tale that lurks in the shadow of every seemingly normal family.”
—Ian Brown, author of The Boy in the Moon

“A brave, brilliant and scathing self-portrait. Full of energy and insight. If Frida Kahlo had been a writer, she might have been compared to Jowita Bydlowska.”
—Patricia Pearson, author of A Brief History of Anxiety – Yours and Mine.

"This is quite simply not just another addiction memoir. It's something truly special. I felt this book. It carries the reader. It whispers. It really is can't-put-it-down great!"
—Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of I'm Kind of a Big Deal: And Other
Delusions of Adequacy.

“Jowita is matter-of-fact, funny, fearless, and irreverent as she lifts the veil to chronicle what it means to be a young mother when both baby and mother have their own bottles -- the shame and the inner voices, as well as the joy and relief. This book is for anyone who has ever struggled to make it through a day.”
—Laura Albert, a.k.a. JT LeRoy, author of Sarah, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and Harold's End

“Jowita Bydlowska, to steal a phrase from Hemingway, writes hard and clear about what hurts. And man oh man can she write! …In my decades as a lover of books I've written only two fan mails. One of them went to Jowita Bydlowska. Thank you, Jowita, for Drunk Mom – for its rawness, for its clarity, for its bravery.”
—Angie Abdou, Fernie Fix

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Jowita Bydlowska; 3 edition (4 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,452 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Read 15 Oct 2013
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An honest but harrowing account of how a Mother can exist as an alcoholic and be so selfish. A good read and inspiring - the author is amazing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Raw Honesty! 20 Aug 2013
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At times random as I am sure the author intended but always with a brutal and self aware honesty that you don't find in a great deal of today's literature.

Often todays authors has one eye on the film manuscript. It will be a brave producer that takes on this subject matter however it could make an award winning movie in the right hands.

I hope Ms Bydlowska turns her clear talent to other subject matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars sad, wonderful, insightful 12 Aug 2013
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I heard about it in a Sunday Times article and once I started reading I couldn't put it down. It was a touching, tragic but uplifting tale of alcoholism and new motherhood... And generally of being human and coping with the rollercoaster of life.

I really liked her and really wanted her to find sobriety... and happiness. She deals with drinking and the joys and pitfalls of it incredibly well as well as the rush of love but also pressure fear and isolation that having a baby can bring.

Well done... Your story will help others (it has just helped me...) and you are a great writer who surely has lots more to write and share with the world... A great new talent I reckon... Watch this space.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hit home 30 July 2013
By lakemomof2 - Published on
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I loved it! I am also a recovering drunk mom. So many things she did throughout her journey, I can totally relate to. I have learned that I am not alone in this journey, but reading her book just strengthened that for me, like a validation. We can overcome alcoholism, but it takes the help of others, and our decision to QUIT.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story 31 Aug 2013
By Parks Family - Published on
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Brutually honest portrayal of a mother struggling with addiction. The authour is extremely brave and her story is heartbreaking. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brutal, open, and honest in her narrative 27 May 2014
By Ryan J. Dejonghe - Published on
This was tough to read. Bydlowska is brutal, open, and honest in her narrative. She lays it ALL out there—all of it: her strong desire—passion, rather—to drink; trying to maintain her sex appeal despite lactating; the lack of connectivity and feeling during intimacy. It’s all there. Bold and exposed.

Despite it all, Bydlowska demonstrates her strongness in her motherhood. She recognizes the dangers; she plans around her blackouts; pumps when she knows her milk may be poison. Her joy for motherhood is exhilarating. Her ripping conflict between drink and child is persistent.

The other important factor is the power of family and loved ones. Her sister and her lover come together as a bonding agent for deliverance. They act as the stronghold that she can depend upon, especially when she can find no strength within herself. It is trying and wearing to behold.

That’s makes this tough: the striking nature through a stream of conscious narrative over an extended period of time. There is merit to this type of reading, but the emotional beating was a bit too heavy to outlast three-hundred pages. While there is hope, in the end there is still a lingering doubt: a remaining piece of darkness. I feel touched by the author, and thankful for her openness, but I leave bedraggled.

Thank you to the Penguin Group for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars disturbing 16 April 2014
By Richard Schwindt - Published on
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Of the women and alcohol memoirs Caroline Knapp's, Drinking, a Love Story, is perhaps the best written and most profound. That said Dydlowska's story of her drinking following the birth of her son is perhaps the most disturbing. While the book is quite readable she does not share Knapp's wit and presents as a wounded and unhappy. Her pursuit of intoxicaton is in the end pathetic. In other words, she sounds like a real alcoholic. And that is the takeaway from this book. The reach of shame that troubles so many women whose drinking is out of control. Recommended.
1.0 out of 5 stars EH... 22 July 2014
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Okay, I allowed myself to look past the lame title, and gave this book a shot. As someone who carries the same affliction as the author, and who is the mother of a small child -like the author- I was taken in by the synopsis on the back cover. Annoyed. This book annoyed me on so many levels. Her 'style' is arrogant, childish, and choppy. I got tired of listening to her by the third chapter. This book isn't well-written, it isn't profound, and it isn't all that interesting. It is full of odd gaps, and strings of sentences that don't tie into each other. I found myself rolling my eyes at predictable, over-the-top, elongated metaphors that would've been better-said if they had just been SAID. Forgettable. Moving on now.
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