In Pillness and in Health: A memoir

October 26, 2019 - Comment

What if your husband gave you a kidney and you chugged a beer with your painkillers the next day? What if your loving marriage became a tortured threesome? Husband, Wife and Pills? Meet Henriette and Kevin. As newlyweds, they move to LA to conquer Hollywood. When the dream begins to fade, Henriette delves into a

What if your husband gave you a kidney and you chugged a beer with your painkillers the next day?

What if your loving marriage became a tortured threesome? Husband, Wife and Pills?

Meet Henriette and Kevin. As newlyweds, they move to LA to conquer Hollywood. When the dream begins to fade, Henriette delves into a secret life of Pills. Diagnosed with a rejecting kidney transplant, she becomes crippled by fear. Convinced Kevin can never understand, her part-time narcotic trysts explode into a full-blown pharmaceutical affair.

She is in love. Fiorinal, Vicodin, Morphine…All of them. Until one backstabbing day, Pills lead her to her first overdose. Shattered, Kevin sacrifices his soul for his wife. He talks the ER out of a psychiatric hold. Later, he looks away when she pops Xanax on dialysis. Alone and barely holding on, Kevin believes the unconditional act of donating his kidney will save his wife’s life and heal their marriage.

It doesn’t. The kidney rejects. There is a second overdose. Nothing seems to break the Pills’ obsessive hold over Henriette.

But will it break Kevin? Will it break them? And after a lifetime of cheating can Henriette imagine a sober marriage of two?

In Pillness and in Health sweeps its reader into the maelstrom of true love held hostage by disease. Dare to be devastated, over and over, by the relentless tornado of their story. Written with radical honesty, and startling wit, In Pillness and in Health shines new light in the dark corners of addiction and codependency, as we wonder how many devastating diseases can one marriage survive?

Comments

Anonymous says:

Drug and alcohol addiction shared with brutal honesty. Absolutely Riveting. This story is way, way more than that of an addict who finds recovery. This is the story of a remarkable woman and the exceptional man who has stood by her. I could not put this book down and read it in 2 days. The author’s harrowing journey is told with intense honesty and even, lots of humor. Henriette Ivanans is an excellent writer, and the clarity she has about herself, even through decades of addiction, is incredible. She holds nothing back. That’s why this book is so riveting. It’s a…

Anonymous says:

Recommended! A wonderful writer and an even greater person. This book, which I never thought I would be interested in reading, has drawn me in and has given me some deep personal insight into addiction and how bad it really is for people.If you know someone that is suffering from addiction, I would sincerely recommend you give them this book. It may not be easy to do so, they may never read it, but you have to try.If you just want a fascinating read full of poetic (and readable)…

Anonymous says:

Hands down best addiction memoir I am going to make a bold statement and say , ” This was, hands down, the BEST addiction memoir I have read.Henriette bared her entire soul in her memoir. She did not hold back, she did not water down the ” gory thoughts that her addicted brain spat out”, she was absolutely transparent in this book. The fact that she is totally hilarious, just makes this book that much more intriguing. I congratulate her on her “soul cringe honesty’. She didn’t mind playing the villain, if that…

Comments are disabled for this post.

The owner of this website is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon properties including, but not limited to, amazon.com, endless.com, myhabit.com, smallparts.com, or amazonwireless.com.