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By Melody Carlson

A Son’s habit. A Mother’s Heartbreak. A Family’s predicament.

As the spouse of a fashionable urban legal professional and the mummy of 2 teenage childrens on the point of maturity, Glennis Harmon lives the type of profitable, high-profile lifestyles that many of us envy. but if nineteen-year-old Jacob is drawn into substance abuse, Glennis’ “perfect” global shatters like a crystal vase rocked from its once-steady shelf.

Glennis struggles to appreciate the reaction of her kinfolk as they search to help Jacob’s restoration. Her husband seems extra fascinated about maintaining his snapshot than with discovering support for his or her afflicted son, yet Glennis turns into decided to save lots of Jacob it doesn't matter what the price. moving into a rescuer position, she by chance places her courting along with her older daughter, Sarah, and her already strained marriage at the line–and a revelation approximately her husband will push her to the edge of what she will endure.

How some distance should still a mom visit shop her child?

A compelling, compassionate, and eventually hopeful novel concerning the impression of substance abuse and habit, Crystal Lies is an intimate portrayal of 1 mother’s try to concurrently love, belief, and allow cross.

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I fumbled around until I found a light switch, then felt stunned to remember what I had done. My surprise was quickly followed by dismay as I scrutinized my new habitat in the unforgiving light of a flickering fluorescent strip above the stained kitchen sink. There on the chipped Formica-topped counter was the lease I had signed. I looked at my watch to discover that it was nearly nine thirty. I knew Geoffrey would be worried, would probably suspect me of going out after Jacob again. I paced back and forth in the limited space of the apartment.

I frowned. “He’s just upset, Jacob. ” He just shrugged. ” “He doesn’t hate you, honey. ” “No, Mom, he hates me. Can’t you see I’m an embarrassment to him? Just like Grandma was. ” He hugged me so tight that it reminded me of his first day of school when I thought he’d never let go. ” I asked. “I’ll be okay, Mom. ” And he got in his car and drove away. As I followed the faded blue blur of the Subaru down our street and disappearing over the crest of the hill, I thought about what Jacob had said—“just like Grandma…” Although she’d been gone a few years, I knew he meant Jeannette, Geoffrey’s mother.

Can you come get me? ” “Sure, honey. ” I demand. Of course I imagine some of the worst areas outside of Seattle. Trailer parks. Crackhouses. One of those places I would never have seen if not for my son. ” “Okay,” I tell him in a firm voice although my hands are shaking. ” And, of course, I feel relieved. Just to hear his voice on the phone reassures me that he’s not lying dead in a Dumpster somewhere, the result of an overdose or a disgruntled drug supplier who hasn’t been paid on time. Despite my departure from what used to be my life, I still read the paper and watch the news, and I know for a fact that these things do happen.

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