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Review: Sarah Hepola’s Blackout Grapples with the Painfully Honest

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I imagine it’s hard to write a memoir about addiction; as a writer, you’d have to be brutally honest to come even close to being effective. While brutal honesty about addiction doesn’t sound like a very fun read, Sarah Hepola’s Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget (Grand Central Publishing, June 7, 2016) manages to be bitingly funny, while at the same time its painful, unflinching details about alcoholism make your skin crawl. In Blackout, author and longtime Salon editor Hepola traces the evolution of her relationship with alcohol from childhood stolen sips of fridge beers through to her turbulent young adulthood. Her writing style is brash enough to pummel you into the ground, but honest enough to pick you…

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