Local writer, Gretchen Rose, will make a presentation about her book, Dancing With the Devil: A Memoir, at the Vero Beach Book Center on February 20 at 4 p.m. The book is about her daughter, Meghan, who descended into addiction as a young girl and courageously fought her way back to sobriety and a new lease on life. Rose will describe the journey and read passages from the book, which is in its second edition and available in paperback as well as digitally.
Rose is co-hosting the presentation with the Mental Health Association of Indian River County to discuss the ways that organization can help lead those with addictions and their loved ones who suffer with them on the path to a better life.
Here is a synopsis of the book:
Having made one bad choice too many, Meghan Rose finds herself penniless and aimlessly wandering down an alleyway behind a Daytona Beach strip club. A door flies open spewing trouble out onto the pavement, but Meghan thinks it serendipitous when she is hired on the spot. Two weeks later she waltzes into the local Mercedes dealership only to drive away in a brand-spanking-new E320 Sport. Pays cash.
For a time, Meghan lives the high life, but inevitably opioid addiction brings her down. When she is at her lowest, on the streets and having distanced anyone who ever cared about her, she is accepted into Restoration House Ministries, a faith-based rehab facility owned and operates by three women, all former addicts. From the moment Meghan crosses the RHM threshold, her life takes a dramatic 180-degree turn. Meghan soon learns that living in close confines with a passel of hormonal young women is a recipe for hijinks and hilarity, and nothing prepares her for the zany antics of the three fiercely-dedicated but quirky sisters.
“Dancing with the Devil” is a fast-paced narrative that alternates between the irreverent, pathetic, existential, and hopeful. It is a wildly entertaining tale and an inspiration for anyone who ever felt stuck in a lifestyle, job, or relationship that seemed impossible to escape.