All Fall Down

by Jennifer Weiner

Allison Weiss got her happy ending–a handsome husband, an adorable little girl, a job she loves, and a big house in thesuburbs.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.6 out of 5
  • Published June 2014 by Atria Books
  • ISBN: 145161778X (ISBN13: 9781451617788)
  • Edition Language: English

Allison Weiss got her happy ending–a handsome husband, an adorable little girl, a job she loves, and a big house in the suburbs. But when she’s in the pediatrician’s office with her daughter and a magazine flips open to a quiz about addiction, she starts to wonder whether her use of prescription pills is becoming a problem. On the one hand, it’s just medication, the stuff her doctors give her. Is a Percocet at the end of a hard day really different from a glass of wine? Is it such a bad thing to pop a Vicodin after a brutal Jump & Pump class…or if your husband ignores you?Back in the car, after the appointment, with her daughter safely buckled behind her, Allison performs the familiar ritual, opening the Altoid tin in her purse and slipping a chalky white oval underneath her tongue. The pill unties her knotted muscles, erases the grime and ugliness of the city, soothes her as the frets about her looking-good life: that her husband’s becoming distant, that her daughter is acting out, that her father’s early Alzheimer’s is worsening and her mother is barely managing to cope. She tells herself that the pills let her make it through her days…but what if her every-increasing drug use, a habit that’s becoming expensive and hard to hide, is turning into her biggest problem of all?All Fall Down is the story of a woman’s slide into addiction and struggle to find her way back up again. With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, this tale of empowerment and redemption is Jennifer Weiner’s most poignant, timely, and triumphant story yet.