The Testament by John Grisham

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In addiction fiction
Jun 1st, 2014

If you are looking for a great adventure book that can also be considered alcoholism fiction, I highly recommend

The Testament by John Grisham

This is one of my all-time favorite books and, in all honestly, it may have just made an impression on me because of when I read it.  The book was released a year before I got sober so I somehow glommed onto a paperback of it when I went to rehab (for the last time).  I was reading a lot at that time and wasn't looking for ANYTHING addiction or alcoholism-related.  I was looking for escape.  This book made it into the mix and I'll never forget it.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've likely heard of John Grisham and we can all probably agree that the guy can write.  The Testament was actually a departure from his court room books that he became famous for.  The story centers around a will that is worth 11 billion dollars.  The heir is a mysterious illegitimate daughter who lives in the remote jungles of South America.  She has to be "reached" and this task is handed to struggling attorney Nate O'Reilly, who is just out of rehab for the fourth time.  Struggling to stay sober one day at a time, Nate sets out on an amazing journey with a cast of vivid and oftentimes very funny characters.

Shame was an emotion he had abandoned years earlier. Addicts know no shame. You disgrace yourself so many times you become immune to it.” -John Grisham, The Testament

There is a lot about greed in this book and that's probably something that anyone in recovery can appreciate as an important subject matter.  Nate brings us along for his struggles, not only with the jungle, but with his internal demons, and we get to witness his many victories and revelations.  Whether you are in recovery or not, I think that this is a great book and have continued to recommend it to friends who love to read over the years.  If you're up for an adventure, give The Testament a try:

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