The More They Disappear by Jesse Donaldson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This work of fiction closely examines a single rural town in Kentucky where every family has been touched by the evils of oxycontin. It is a fast read, with a good old-fashioned linear approach to the storytelling - and the story lent itself quite well to that. It is not hard to imagine entire communities forever changed by the opioid epidemic. Although it is fiction, what the book illustrates IS happening. It is happening right now, right under our noses.
You will find many of the characters in this story very endearing; some you will want to run down with your car.
The author does not lecture. He doesn't need to. Instead, through the events in this story, he expertly reveals how the darkness of oxy addiction reaches deeply into and across families, vaporizing goodwill, and butchering hopes and dreams.
I could not put it down.
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