Mary Karr calls Lit “my journey from black belt sinner and lifelong
agnostic to unlikely Catholic." Following The Liars’ Club and Cherry,
this third installment of Karr’s memoirs chronicles her college years,
marriage, motherhood and becoming a college professor -- all achieved
while being an alcoholic. Her trip to the bottom and through rehab and
recovery are told with brutal honesty, dark humor and grace. Karr
overcomes a chaotic upbringing and a genetic disposition to addiction
and ultimately finds spiritual comfort in this painfully frank account.
Her sense of humor keeps this from becoming unbearably dark yet there is
never a doubt that she is in a fight for her life.
A Hudson Best Book of 2009
“Once you've read Mary Karr's The Liar's Club, how can you not read her latest to find out how it turns out? This fine American writer continues her journey through college, marriage, and young motherhood, offering her hard-won experience in recovery from depression and alcoholism.”
— Andy Lillich, University of Oregon Bookstore, Eugene, OR
Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. Written with Karr's relentless honesty, unflinching self-scrutiny, and irreverent, lacerating humor, it is a truly electrifying story of how to grow up as only Mary Karr can tell it.