A Life Like Mad



McNamara, Meghan

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title



Terry Brennan is a middle aged single mother deep in the throes of an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. As she enters a month-long rehabilitation program in the heart of California's Napa Valley, so begins Brennan's almost unwitting transformation. Braiding together past and present, this narrative follows a woman on the brink of collapse, as she confronts the effects her addictions have had on her and her life and the tenuous, often complicated relationships that might well have inspired them. Navigating the choppy waters of recovery, Brennan must somehow free her mind and heart of her past, while accepting the dynamic trials of her present without the crutch of drugs and alcohol.


This document has been embargoed for 5 years and will not be available until November 2021 at the earliest.


Family, Addiction, Rehabilitation, Recovery, Death