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Paula Becker, Author of A House on Stilts

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us October 8 at 6:30pm for an evening with Paula Becker of A House on Stilts. Paula will do a reading followed by a Q&A with the audience, and a signing.

A House on Stilts tells the story of one woman’s struggle to reclaim wholeness while mothering a son addicted to opioids. Paula Becker’s son Hunter was raised in a safe, nurturing home by his writer/historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright, curious child. And yet, addiction found him.

More than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids, some half-million of these to heroin. For many of them, their drug addiction leads to lives of demoralization, homelessness, and constant peril. For parents, a child’s addiction upends family life, catapulting them onto a path no longer prescribed by Dr. Spock, but by Dante’s Inferno. Within this ten-year crucible, Paula is transformed by an excruciating, inescapable truth: the difference between what she can do and what she cannot do.

Paula Becker is the author of Looking for Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and I, and coauthor of The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Event address: 
3014 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction By Paula Becker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609386597
Published: University Of Iowa Press - September 15th, 2019