The Next to Last Drink by Lois Mathieu

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What kind of courage does one need to break the cycle of addiction after years of using alcohol to relieve anxiety? RUMI, the 13th century poet asks: Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?

Will valentine is a prominent architect who spends much of his life using alcohol to quiet the nervousness he has had all his life, but this remedy becomes toxic. He begins the journey of recovery, believing in the power of his will and courage. He's determined to stay sober with these personal assets until a surge of anxiety weakens his will power and threatens his resolve. 

Anxiety medication that might become addictive are frowned on by his counselors. Safer medications either do not relieve anxiety or they diminish his libido. He admits that his mind wants to be sober, but in his heart he wants to keep on drinking. In truth, alcohol has given up on him, but he has not given up on alcohol. What was once a remedy is now a poison.

Will is at the crossroads of life when a diary comes into his hands and challenges him to confront his addiction at a deeper level. He considers the limitations of will power and re-thinks his position on faith. But he is wary of giving in to a higher power for fear of losing personal freedom. He wants to be the man he knows as Will Valentine.

Readers will accompany Will Valentine on his personal journey. They will better understand  why people, who obviously have so much to lose, remain in their self-made prison of addiction.

About Lois Mathieu

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Lois Mathieu is a full-time fiction writer. She grew up in a rural part of Connecticut imagining the possibiity of venturing out and embracing a larger world view. She earned a B.A. degree from Syracuse University in New York, and a Masters of English from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She has made over a dozen trips to Japan working as a professional writer for a corporation.Lois' early poems and poetry reviews have been published in fine literary journals and anthologies. She is a first-prize recipient of the Joseph E. Brodine Award, presented to her by the Connecticut Poetry Society for her poem on the Holocaust, Counting Sheep by Night.Lois has authored three novels: The Next To Last Drink, in 2012; Debut, in 2011; and Quiet But Dangerous, in 2002. Lois enjoys going head to head with life's most difficult challenges - "those pains that are thrown at us or are self-inflicted. A story worth telling is one that reveals the journey of a person at the crossroads, one who must change course or remain imprisoned in emotional and psychological misery.In the throes of such seriousness, Lois keeps alive the desire to write a hilarious piece one day, but as she says, "sustaining humor may be the most difficult writing of all.
Published March 22, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 247 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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It takes courage to write a book with an unlikable main character and even more to write one with a plot that’s less of an adventure than an internal journey.

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