“I'd written Smashed not because I was ambitious and not because writing down my feelings was cathartic (it felt more like playing one's own neurosurgeon sans anesthesia). No. I'd made a habit--and eventually a profession--of memoir because I hail from one of those families where shows of emotions are discouraged.”
Women and anger.
These are two things that make people VERY uncomfortable. But after getting sober and writing the New York Bestselling memoir “Smashed,” Koren is dealing with repressed rage. She doesn’t know it though, instead feeling as though she is just crazy. Unacknowledged emotions that have been stifled due to her drinking have risen up within her now that there isn’t any alcohol to wash it away temporarily.
This memoir is about her journey confronting these emotions, reclaiming her identity and coming face to face with the consequences of anger displaced and the balm of anger discovered.
One of my absolute favorite memoirs and the inspiration to a very difficult essay about my own anger that I wrote over the summer. Read it if you haven’t already.