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Smacked : a story of white-collar ambition, addiction, and tragedy / Eilene Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, Eilene, (author.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Moorhead Public Library 920 ZIM (Text) 33500013198882 New Checked out 03/03/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525511007
  • ISBN: 0525511008
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2020]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
"Eilene Zimmerman's ex-husband, Peter, had it all: He was a partner at a prestigious law firm, lived in a $2 million house by the beach, and had two great kids. Maintaining a friendly relationship, Eilene and Peter talked and saw each other frequently. But a few years after their divorce she started noticing erratic behavior: absenteeism, weight loss, constant exhaustion and sickness. Peter explained it away as stress from the pressures of his job, but Eilene couldn't shake the feeling that something else was wrong. Months later, when she finds him dead, she goes on a journey to investigate how a man she thought she knew had become a drug addict. Zimmerman also takes a wider look at other cases of white-collar drug use and the devastation it leaves behind, showing that addiction can strike anyone. The result is a moving, intimate, and revealing look at both Peter's downward spiral and the drug epidemic among high-powered professionals, its impact on his family, and how a woman reconceives her life in the wake of loss"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #1
    *Starred Review* Peter, Zimmerman's ex-husband, seemed invincible. He was a successful lawyer with a million-dollar California beach house, a sports car, and all sorts of expensive toys. It was an unimaginable shock when he died unexpectedly, and even more incomprehensible when his family learned that his death was due to several years of drug addiction. His teenage daughter and son saw their father on a weekly basis, and while they knew something was off, they never suspected that he was routinely using cocaine, crystal meth, pills, and heroin. In Zimmerman's skillful hands, the compelling narrative unfolds seamlessly and convincingly. Chapters skip around chronologically, revisiting scenes from the couple's courtship, marriage, divorce, and shared custody of the children as well as the horror of discovering his body and the aftermath of his death. The first-person narrative occasionally veers into excerpts about the psychology and physiology of addiction, citing research and statistics. Author Zimmerman's brutally honest account identifies several telltale signs that, in hindsight, seem painfully obvious. They help underscore her revelation that addiction knows no demographic barriers. A version of this story originally appeared as an essay in the New York Times, and generated significant interest. Libraries should expect substantial demand. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 February #1
    *Starred Review* Peter, Zimmerman's ex-husband, seemed invincible. He was a successful lawyer with a million-dollar California beach house, a sports car, and all sorts of expensive toys. It was an unimaginable shock when he died unexpectedly, and even more incomprehensible when his family learned that his death was due to several years of drug addiction. His teenage daughter and son saw their father on a weekly basis, and while they knew something was off, they never suspected that he was routinely using cocaine, crystal meth, pills, and heroin. In Zimmerman's skillful hands, the compelling narrative unfolds seamlessly and convincingly. Chapters skip around chronologically, revisiting scenes from the couple's courtship, marriage, divorce, and shared custody of the children as well as the horror of discovering his body and the aftermath of his death. The first-person narrative occasionally veers into excerpts about the psychology and physiology of addiction, citing research and statistics. Author Zimmerman's brutally honest account identifies several telltale signs that, in hindsight, seem painfully obvious. They help underscore her revelation that addiction knows no demographic barriers. A version of this story originally appeared as an essay in the New York Times, and generated significant interest. Libraries should expect substantial demand. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Eilene Zimmerman has been a journalist for three decades, covering business, technology, and social issues for a wide array of national magazines and newspapers. She was a columnist for The New York Times Sunday Business section for six years, and since 2004 has been a regular contributor to the newspaper. In 2017, Zimmerman also began pursuing a master&;s degree in social work. She lives in New York City.

Subject: Zimmerman, Eilene.
Zimmerman, Peter, -2015.
Lawyers > Drug use > United States.
Drug addiction > United States.
Drug addicts > United States > Biography.
White collar workers > Drug use > United States.
Workaholism > United States.
Divorced people > United States > Biography.
Grief.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
Divorced people.
Drug addiction.
Drug addicts.
Grief.
Lawyers > Drug use.
Workaholism.
United States.
Genre: Biography.

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