“Addiction is a family disease and it will take a change of a whole family to turn it around. A poignant story of sibling love, the ability to change and the impact family structure has on recovery.”
-Dr. Frank Lawlis, Author Not My Child, Chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board and Co-founder of the Lawlis Peavey PNP Center.
“A deeply intimate and moving story of trauma, loss, addiction, tragedy and the possibility of redemption.”
-Gabor Maté M.D., Author, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
“Truth hurts. And truth heals. The breath-taking honesty of Jodee Prouse’s powerful story is like a barrage of blows to the gut, as she tells of the unrelenting assault of addiction on the wounded body and soul of her family. Yet, it is that same brutal truth-telling that helped her recover from the hurt, not unscarred, but alive and at peace. This beautifully written memoir proves that there is the power to heal in not remaining silent in the face of our most stigmatized of diseases. I highly recommend The Sun Is Gone for the intimate and moving way it explores both sides of truth – the darkness and the light.”
-Bud Mikhitarian, filmmaker and author of Many Faces One Voice, Secrets of The Anonymous People
“For those who have struggled in supporting loved ones with multiple addictions, reading “The Sun is Gone” is to remind oneself that no one is alone on this heart-wrenching journey. Jodee illuminates early childhood patterns that poison adult dynamics, and shows how much damage can be caused by mistaking enabling for caring. Ultimately, this book is a testimonial that strengthens the concept that it is not selfish for a family to take care of themselves.”
-Kim Barthel, Occupational Therapist specializing in Mental Health and Trauma, Co-Author of Conversations with a Rattlesnake with Thero Fleury
I just finished the last page of your book & all I can say is…..”wow”. Unfortunately I can relate more than I wanted to admit. I’m sure many, many others will be saying the same. LOVE what you’re doing for people who think they are in it alone. It’s way more common than people seem to think. I think your story should become a movie someday to let people see what living with an addiction like that is REALLY like. It’s HELL ON EARTH for all involved.
-Athena Bass, Entertainer Femme Fatale, Actress-Ex-Wives of Rock
“A courageous and unflinching portrait of a sister’s journey to help her brother and ultimately herself. The Sun is Gone highlights the need to take personal responsibility for our choices, mistakes, and the learning process that is inherent in making real changes in your life.”
-Carrie Wilkens Ph.D., Co-author Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change.
“As with any unhealthy family the one who gets blamed and scapegoated is almost always the healthiest member. Brave, enlightening and profoundly important.”
-Susan Forward, Ph.D, Author of Toxic Parents and Emotional Blackmail.
“We are all experts in our own lives and Jodee is an expert who has much to say to others who find themselves stumbling hand-in-hand along the dark passageways of addiction.”
-Dr. Gerry Fewster Author, Don’t Let Your Kids Be Normal
What an irony! We live in a society that encourages us to drink and thinks we’re weird or something’s wrong with us when we decline the invitation to have “one more drink before you go?” Yet, we look with disgust on dishevelled drunks, passed out on city streets with empty bottles as their only companions. This is the irony and heartache that Jodee Prouse grew up with, lived half her life with, and explores in The Sun is Gone, a must-read book for anyone who fears the devastating damage alcoholism does to loved ones and their families.
Though written as a personal effort to explain what is, perhaps, inexplicable to Jodee’s family, given the reliance on, and the overuse of alcohol as a stress-reliever in our society, The Sun is Gone has a much broader reach than just Jodee’s family. While the author provides the details of her family’s life with Brett, she often reflects on the reasons he became so dependent. One of these was a basic personality trait: he was a shy boy who became tense, anxiety-filled in difficult situations. Despite his great intelligence and skill, his fear of failure lowered his confidence and self-esteem. He repeatedly sought relief for that anxiety in the bottle. Coupled with that is the behavior and attitude typical of both alcoholics and their families: they consistently deny the problem and refuse to talk about it.
Jodee Prouse’s memoir, The Sun is Gone, should be mandatory reading for all who have the courage to admit what her family, and especially Brett could not. Perhaps by reading this poignant, sincere memoir with its very important messages, one more alcoholic will find the strength to say to their friends, families and strangers, “I am XXX and I am an alcoholic.”
-Reviewed By Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite
This is a story that will bring tears to the eyes of readers, told with pure honesty and in a clear and powerful voice. It feels like the author has the courage to stand naked before her readers, allowing them to see where she hurts, and that is the beauty of her writing – millions of readers will identify with the pain she’s borne inside her soul for many years. The Sun is Gone: A Sister Lost in Secrets, Shame, and Addiction and How I Broke Free is a compassionate, loving, and beautiful offering to humanity, especially those fettered by the strong hands of any kind of an addiction. Jodee Prouse’s prose is excellent and she uses very vivid descriptions with passages that are emotionally insightful and moving. This is a gift to read and pass on!
-Reviewed By Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite
Jodee Prouse writes with exceptional frankness and honesty, exploring the dark secrets, the pain, and the suffering in her family without mincing words. Her writing is clear and accessible, a quality that seems to inevitably flow from her confidence in sharing this life-changing and inspiring story. This story is filled with many lessons for readers, especially those who suffer from any form of addiction and it is no wonder that readers will find answers in this inspiring tale. The Sun is Gone: A Sister Lost in Secrets, Shame, and Addiction and How I Broke Free is gripping, entertaining, and excellently written to have readers turning the pages. This is not just a story about addiction, but one that explores other themes such as family, suffering, relationships, and redemption.
-Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite