In this powerful dual memoir, a reporter and a photographer tell their gripping story of falling in love, the heroin habit that drove them apart, and the unlikely way a criminal conviction brought them back together.
From their harrowing portrayal of the ravages of addiction to the stunning chain of events that led to Graham’s arrest and imprisonment at Rikers Island, Chancers unfolds in alternating chapters that offer two perspectives on a relationship that ultimately endures against long odds. Susan, a tenacious reporter, follows Graham down the rabbit hole of the American criminal justice system, determined to keep him from becoming another casualty of the war on drugs. Graham gives a stark, riveting description of his slide from brownstone Brooklyn to a prison cell, his gut-wrenching efforts to get clean, and his fight to avoid getting exiled far away from his son and the life he built over twenty years.
Beautifully written, brutally honest, yet filled with suspense and hope, Chancers will resonate with anyone who has been touched by the heartache of addiction, the nightmare of incarceration, or the tough choice of leaving or staying with someone who is struggling on the road to recovery.
“An emotionally complex and intensely personal binary memoir of addiction and sustainable love."
One of "13 Books You Should Read This June"
"Best Books of the Month: June 2016""It grabs in a voyeuristic way and propels page-turning to find out what happens next in a saga no soap opera could create.""Few addiction memoirs have so vividly described the collateral damage caused by substance abuse."
More info from Random House - Ballantine Books
Audiobook read by Susan & Graham:
Excerpt published by The Guardian
Signature Reads Q&A
Los Angeles Times Op-Ed
Interview on WNYC