Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Fall to Pieces by Mary Forsberg Weiland
This book was a grand slam from the day I found out it existed, so how psyched was I to read it and find out that it is also a pretty awesome book? Psyched. I'm not going to say that the writing was the best ever, but it was good. What was so awesome were the stories that this woman has to tell, and the way that she tells them. It's candid and honest, brutal and funny. Mary and Scott both suffer with bipolar disorder, and pretty severe alcohol and drug addictions. Not to mention some level of co-dependency that came to define their almost-twenty year relationship. It's terribly sad, but at the same time, infused with a certain hope. The book was just written last year, but after everything Mary and Scott have come through, you can't help but wonder where they stand now.
My only complaint is that sometimes the time lines feel wrong. I honestly couldn't tell whether the book was skipping around chronologically or not, but sometimes it was difficult to tell what time frame things were taking place in. All is forgiven, though, when you keep in mind that the author was either wasted or manic, or both, during much of the time that she's writing about. She points this out at the beginning and again at the end of the book, so I really can't fault the story-telling. What's been on my mind for the past couple of days, since I finished reading, is how a lot of the songs on STP's new album seem clearly to be about Mary. There were a few points in the book where she mentions hearing Scott's songs about herself, and how she reacted, so I wonder about her reaction to this newest album.