Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls (Hardback)

A memoir about women, addiction and love

Nina Renata Aron

A scorching memoir of a love affair with an addict, weaving personal reckoning with psychology and history to understand the nature of addiction, codependency, and our appetite for obsessive love

A moving memoir of a love affair with an addict, weaving personal reckoning with psychology and history to grapple with addiction, codependency and our appetite for obsessive love

'Incredible ... so well written and loving that once you pick it up, you'll read it in a couple of sittings.' Stylist
'A scorching, unvarnished memoir' EW

'Dark, gorgeously narrated' Publishers Weekly
'A beautiful, nuanced portrait of living alongside addiction' Booklist
'This book is an essential read' Washington Post

'The disease he has is addiction,' Nina Renata Aron writes of her boyfriend. 'The disease I have is loving him.' Their love affair is dramatic, urgent - an intoxicating antidote to the lonely days of early motherhood. But soon, K starts using again. Even as his addiction deepens, Nina stays, thinking she can save him. It's a familiar pattern, developed in an adolescence marked by family trauma - how can she break it? If she leaves, has she failed?

In this unflinching memoir, Aron shows the devastating effect of addiction on loved ones. She also untangles the messy ties between her own history of enabling, society's expecations of womanhood and our ideas of love. She cracks open the feminised phenomenon of co-dependency, tracing its development from the formation of Al-Anon to recent research in the psychology of addiction, and asks uncomfortable questions about when help becomes harm and how love really works.

Publication date: 11/06/2020

£12.99

ISBN: 9781788161398

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction

Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls (Ebook)

A memoir about women, addiction and love

Nina Renata Aron

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A scorching memoir of a love affair with an addict, weaving personal reckoning with psychology and history to understand the nature of addiction, codependency, and our appetite for obsessive love

A moving memoir of a love affair with an addict, weaving personal reckoning with psychology and history to grapple with addiction, codependency and our appetite for obsessive love

'Incredible ... so well written and loving that once you pick it up, you'll read it in a couple of sittings.' Stylist
'A scorching, unvarnished memoir' EW

'Dark, gorgeously narrated' Publishers Weekly
'A beautiful, nuanced portrait of living alongside addiction' Booklist
'This book is an essential read' Washington Post

'The disease he has is addiction,' Nina Renata Aron writes of her boyfriend. 'The disease I have is loving him.' Their love affair is dramatic, urgent - an intoxicating antidote to the lonely days of early motherhood. But soon, K starts using again. Even as his addiction deepens, Nina stays, thinking she can save him. It's a familiar pattern, developed in an adolescence marked by family trauma - how can she break it? If she leaves, has she failed?

In this unflinching memoir, Aron shows the devastating effect of addiction on loved ones. She also untangles the messy ties between her own history of enabling, society's expecations of womanhood and our ideas of love. She cracks open the feminised phenomenon of co-dependency, tracing its development from the formation of Al-Anon to recent research in the psychology of addiction, and asks uncomfortable questions about when help becomes harm and how love really works.

Publication date: 11/06/2020

£8.99

ISBN: 9781782834861

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction

Good Morning, Destroyer of Men's Souls (Paperback)

A memoir about women, addiction and love

Nina Renata Aron

A moving memoir of a love affair with an addict, weaving personal reckoning with psychology and history to grapple with addiction, codependency and our appetite for obsessive love

'The disease he has is addiction,' Nina Renata Aron writes of her boyfriend. 'The disease I have is loving him.' Their affair is dramatic, urgent - an intoxicating antidote to the lonely days of early motherhood. But soon, K starts using again. Even as his addiction deepens, she stays, thinking she can save him. It's a familiar pattern, developed in an adolescence marred by family trauma - how can she break it? If she leaves, has she failed?

In this unflinching memoir, Aron shows the devastating effect of addiction on loved ones. She also untangles the messy ties between her own history of enabling, society's expectations of womanhood and our ideas of love. She cracks open the feminised phenomenon of co-dependency, tracing its development from the formation of Al-Anon to recent research in the psychology of addiction, and asks uncomfortable questions about when help becomes harm, and when we choose to leave.

Publication date: 03/06/2021

£9.99

ISBN: 9781788161404

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction

Nina Renata Aron

Nina Renata Aron

Nina Renata Aron is a writer and editor living in Oakland, California. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere.