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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
The remarkable memoir, Driving In The Rain, penned by Nadia Bruce-Rawlings, is an inspirational story. This is a quick-read book with short depictions of a challenging life, interspersed with free form poetry. Nadia grew up living in many countries, due to her father’s employment in the oil industry. This is the same man, however, who was unpredictable, alcoholic, and oftentimes violent. Her mother provided love, joy, and some stability to Nadia although she dealt with her own depression. Nadia lived in the unstable world of addiction, including the most dangerous drugs, for many years. Although she had a wonderful career in the film industry in Los Angeles, her addictions led to life in crack houses and other sordid consequences.
The writing in this book is simply outstanding. When the reader is able to picture a scene or capture emotion through a few lines of poetry or prose, the impact is memorable. Nadia takes the reader from the streets in a Middle Eastern city to the hellish facets of an addictive life in a few lines. Each emotion expressed will touch the hearts of all readers. Author Nadia Bruce-Rawlings has written a book of hope in Driving In The Rain. This book will enable other addicts to know there is always the possibility of recovery and it will give a depth of new understanding to those who know and love an addict. It is a poignant rendition of what is possible for those who want to heal a broken life.