We receive a couple hundred e-mails a day.
Therefore, it’s often difficult to read (or skim) them all in a timely fashion. (Hence our panic attack-inducing status of 28,428 unread e-mails in our inbox.)
But some messages break through the clutter, which is exactly how we met author Sara Stewart, who’s promoting her new book, Whilst I Was Out (debuting today in bookstores and at online retailers).
Her subject line was “Coming Out Of The Closet, Fashionably Drunk.”
As a fashionably drunk bloke ourselves, we began a brief correspondence with the UK-based writer and had her send us a copy of the dark comedy that chronicles her alcohol addiction and abusive relationship with a man before coming out as lesbian in middle age.
The raw, conversational storytelling perfectly conveys her heartache and pain but manages to elicit giggles and belly laughs alike. It’s a coming-out story different than most, but also relatable to everyone who’s ever gone through the process–and anyone considering it.
We love her occasional breaks from traditional prose to offer checklists, such as “How to Make a Complete Arse of Yourself” with ripped-from-her-life examples in which pitchers of margaritas and Britney Spears karaoke play major roles.
As Stewart embarks on her new journey of self-discovery, new sexual interests, and sobriety, we get to come along for the ride.
Laughing all the way down her bumpy, bumpy road.