From the New York Times bestselling author of By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There and Party Girl comes an uproarious and gritty collection which proves that no matter how dark it gets, the light can always crack through.
Anna David was, in every way, groomed for success. She grew up in an affluent community and came from a family that prioritized SAT scores, Harvard attendance and high-paying jobs.
The problem was, she had low SAT scores, was rejected by Harvard and spent her early life feeling like the family’s great disappointment.
Concluding that success was not for her, Anna focused her energies on an area where she excelled: drugs, alcohol and general mayhem. Washing ashore on the beaches of recovery at the age of 30, she begrudgingly entered a world of sobriety. That’s when she discovered that there were all sorts of ways to define success—and what’s more, that it was never too late to find it.
The stories in this collection document her journey from self-indulgent party girl to sober and only semi-indulgent woman. By turns hilarious and touching, disturbing and ridiculous, How to Get Successful By F*cking Up Your Life proves that you truly can f*ck up your way to the top.
“Anna David’s portrayal of the experience of addiction and nuances of recovery is the most accurate I have come across.”
– Dr. Drew Pinsky, addiction expert
“At the intersection of storytelling and recovery, you meet Anna David.”
“A witty prose stylist.”
– Martha Stewart’s Whole Living
“Anna David may have invented a new genre: Chick Lit With a Message.”
– The New York Post