Born into a world ruled and defined by the cocktail hour, in which the solution to any problem could be found in a dry martini or another glass of wine, Susan Cheever led a life both charmed and damned. She and her father, the celebrated writer John Cheever, were deeply affected and troubled by alcohol.
Addressing for the first time the profound effects that alcohol had on her life, in shaping of her relationships with men and in influencing her as a writer, Susan Cheever delivers an elegant memoir of clear-eyed candor and unsettling immediacy. She tells of her childhood obsession with the niceties of cocktails and all that they implied -- sociability, sophistication, status; of college days spent drinking beer and cheap wine; of her three failed marriages, in which alcohol was the inescapable component, of a way of life that brought her perilously close to the edge.
At once devastating and inspiring, Note Found in a Bottle offers a startlingly intimate portrait of the alcoholic's life -- and of the corageous journey to recovery.
Judy Collins Susan Cheever's new memoir, Note Found in a Bottle, is the brilliantly written and deeply moving story of a woman's spiritual journey. Her captivating prose illuminates, in riveting detail, the pain and joy of a life in transformation. With humor, insight, and inspiration, she tells of a pilgrimage through darkness to light, vividly describing the mysterious alchemy of her drinking and where it took her and [gives us] a powerful story of chaos transformed into serenity, pain transformed by love. This is an important book and I was deeply moved by it.