If you’ve read Shuggie Bain along with Kym and Bonny and I . . . today is the day you’ve been waiting for! Each of us is going to post questions related to the book on our blogs today. And tonight at 7pm we will have a discussion on Zoom. It’s not too late to get an invite for the Zoom discussion, by the way, we’d be happy to send you a link if you want to join us.
If you’ve read this book then you’re keenly aware of the devastating impact alcoholism can have on a family. I think, for personal reasons, that this impact is greater when the alcoholic is a mother. The role of caretaker and nurturer becomes secondary to the addiction and the children pay the price. Alcoholism hurts not just the alcoholic but also those who love the alcoholic and when the alcoholic is the mother, the one who is supposed to take care of and nurture her children, those children pay the price. There’s neglect and anger and confusion. Yet, Shuggie loves his mother fiercely, to the point where the author, Douglas Stuart, has been quoted as saying that the book is about love before it’s about addiction.
What do you think of that? Can love overcome addiction? Is Shuggie loyal to a fault, especially considering that his siblings left him to deal with Agnes as soon as they were able? How do you think loving someone with an addiction impacts a person?
Please leave your thoughts on these questions, along with anything else you want to share, in the comments below.