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On the surface Liz Petrone looks as if she has it all: a family, a budding writing career, a successful marriage. But, like so many women, she is desperately lonely. She’s also dealing with the life and death of her alcoholic mother and the ghosts of her own suicidal past.
The Price of Admission takes us on a journey with Liz from loss into renewed life. Raw, unflinchingly honest, and surprisingly funny, Liz writes from a universally understood place of struggle, whether that is the deep darkness of grief or the hazy, yet joyful, dimness of demanding everyday lives spent caring for ourselves and our families.
Through a combination of personal narrative and common truths, Liz provides a timeless reminder to world-weary readers that, just as birth follows death, light does indeed follow darkness; and that, often, it is because of our pain–and not despite it–that we grow, survive, and–yes–thrive.
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Liz Petrone’s The Price of Admission includes chapters such as:
Everything Is Not Going to Be Okay
Sometimes Just Breathing Is a Victory
Sometimes You Just Want to Come Home
The Gift of Sisterhood
In Between the Black and White
If It Was Only Ever This
Better Than We Ever Were Before
An Inside Look at The Price of Admission: Embracing a Life of Grief and Joy
Excerpt from the Prologue: The Decorative Apple
I hear from women every day who tell me how they feel less than or broken or like they are doing something—or everything—wrong. Women who carry that same not-enough hunger I wrestle with. Women who have learned that same lesson I learned at sixteen, which is that in order to survive we need to hide our truths…not just from each other, but worse, from ourselves. If quiet and hidden suffering is the kind of suffering that kills people, speaking up is, I have no doubt, what can save us.
An Inside Look at The Price of Admission