A journalist items in combination the mysteries surrounding her ex-husband’s descent into drug habit at the same time as seeking to rebuild a existence for her circle of relatives, taking readers on an intimate adventure into the arena of white-collar drug abuse.

“An extraordinary aggregate of journalistic rigor, private braveness, and writerly grace.”—Invoice Clegg, creator of Portrait of an Addict as a Younger Man

One thing used to be incorrect with Peter. Eilene Zimmerman spotted that her ex-husband seemed skinny, gave the impression distracted, and used to be continuously absent from actions with their kids. She idea he seemed unwell and had to see a physician, and certainly, he advised her he have been recognized with an autoimmune dysfunction. But in some ways, Peter looked as if it would have all of it: a wonderful area by means of the seashore, pricey automobiles, and different luxuries that got here with an prosperous existence. Eilene assumed his abnormal habits used to be as a result of pressure and overwork—he used to be a senior spouse at a outstanding legislation company and have been operating greater than sixty hours every week for the closing two decades.

Even though they have been divorced, Eilene and Peter have been companions and buddies for many years, so while she and her kids have been not able to succeed in Peter for a number of days, Eilene went to his area to peer if he used to be OK.

So starts Smacked, a super and shifting memoir of Eilene’s stunning discovery, one who units her on a adventure to learn how a person she knew for almost thirty years become a drug addict, hiding it so smartly that neither she nor somebody else in his existence suspected what used to be taking place. Eilene discovers that Peter led a mystery existence, one who began with drugs and ended with opioids, cocaine, and methamphetamine. He used to be additionally hooked on paintings; the closing name Peter ever made used to be to dial in to a convention name.

Eilene is made up our minds to be informed all she will approximately Peter’s hidden existence, and likewise approximately drug habit amongst bold, top-reaching execs like him. Thru intensive analysis and interviews, she gifts an image of drug dependence nowadays in that moneyed, upwardly cellular global. She additionally embarks on a adventure to re-create her existence within the wake of loss, either one of the individual—and the connection—that profoundly outlined the girl she had grow to be.