The Art of Losing It
When her brother dies of AIDS and her husband dies of cancer in the same year, Rosemary is left on her own with two young daughters and antsy addiction demons dancing in her head. This is the nucleus of The Art of Losing It: a young mother jerking from emergency to emergency as the men in her life drop dead around her; a high-functioning radio show host waging war with her addictions while trying to raise her two little girls who just lost their daddy; and finally, a stint in rehab and sobriety that ushers in a fresh brand of chaos instead of the tranquility her family so desperately needs.
Heartrending but ultimately hopeful, The Art of Losing It is the story of a struggling mother who finds her way—slowly, painfully—from one side of grief and addiction to the other.
This book is spilt into two parts...The first half features a happy time. A time when Rosemary was married to a great guy, Barry. Sadly, Barry gets diagnosed with cancer. Yet, he is not the only man in Rosemary's life that gets bad new. Rosemary's brother gets handed a death sentence. Rosemary finds herself having her life turned upset down. She has to learn how to navigate caring for both her husband and brother as well as being a mom to her two girls. Both Barry and Rosemary's brother, pass away within six months of each other.
The second half of the book, explores a bit into Rosemary's spiral downhill into addiction, rehab, and second chances. Rosemary's addiction shows just how easily anyone could fall down the dark rabbit hole. Although, I did feel like the latter half of the story was a bit light on details. Overall, though this was a good read. I applaud Rosemary for sharing her story.