Street narrates her odyssey of dealing with her son’s addiction who, after becoming addicted to heroin, went all the way down the rabbit hole. It all started when Street’s son, David, was given morphine to deal with the pain after his foot got crushed in the hydraulics of a bobcat. But it was during his twenties that David finally settled on heroin as his drug of choice after experimenting with alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine throughout his teens. As Street unravels David’s erratic behavior, multiple felony charges, court cases, jail time along with all his ups and downs, she deftly weaves into the narrative the usual pattern that every full-blown addict follows: a time comes when they begin to take drugs not to get high but to get straight enough to pretend to be a functioning person. David’s addiction finally led him to lose his life. He was thirty-nine at the time. Told in Street’s voice combined with extracts from David’s diary entries, the narration remains engaging. The second part of the book features David’s short stories. This sharply told honest and emotional account of an average American kid who loved sports, racing around on his skateboard, and writing stories but ended up a heroin addict is painfully honest and thoroughly thought-provoking.
Categories: Non Fiction