Molly Morris is a 42-year-old, headstrong Jewish New Yorker who has had it with her family's conventional middle-class values. She flees to Long Beach, California to begin a vibrant new life far from her critical mother. There, she finds love with Javier, an attractive Mexican auto mechanic who invites her into his life, his culture and his close-knit family. Life is good...very good...until tragedy strikes and Molly's grief and self-recrimination plunge her into depression and drug addiction. Bold, frank and void of sentimentality, Until the Darkness Goes explores Molly's vulnerabilities, her search for meaning in the face of tragedy, and ultimately her return to a sense of purpose in the most unexpected way.
Molly's story is about her loss and traces the consequent addiction of tranquilizers to calm her nerves and inevitably the attraction to crystal meth to raise her out of a stupor. But meth is the devil because it imbues Molly with a false sense of being in control. "I can take care of this, I know how." These are the thoughts that take over and paint an equally false picture. This scene demonstrates the progress of her mind to first use her students to help her find her drug connection, and then her deftness at using her wiles to get the drug she wants. All the while we watch and know that Molly is the one being used.
Renee Ebert's prose is clean and enjoyable to read. Her main character Molly finds herself in some tough situations, from a strained relationship with her mother to career and love life difficulties. Yet she endures and pushes forward. She is an easy character to have empathy for - you find yourself rooting for her, as you would for one of your friends. I hope to read more from this author.
Try checking out the website to hear an interview with Andrea Garrison. Click on the website: www.darknessgoes.com Andrea Garrison is superb in her command of the interview process: Her questions lead the writer through the development of the character and in this case, the origin of Molly as a woman who become addicted. You'll learn how a real life experience shaped Molly and her world. As we all know, there's always a piece of personal experience woven into any story. Be sure to check in to the website and to listen to the interview with Renee on Andreaonline radio.
The road to addiction needs accomplices; a person whose need to obliterate memories, or smooth the sharp edges of the worst of their experiences and fears. For Molly it was all of those, and only later would she learn that her controlling personality would speed the process. Only later would she learn that she would leave a lot of sorrow on the path to the oblivion she chased after. Most of all she would learn that the sorrow would be there for her to pick up again once her journey came to a close.
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