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My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal

Unstitched Buy Now
Format Paperback Ebook Audiobook
ISBN 978-1-58642-269-1 978-1-58642-270-7 978-1-58642-312-4
Published Sep 14, 2021
Imprint Steerforth Press
Category Addiction/Recovery Biography & Memoir Cultural Destinations Health Health & Wellness More Museums... Museums Psychological Psychology

What if society looked at addiction without judgement?

Unstitched shares the powerful story of one librarian’s quest to understand the impact of addiction fed by stigma and inevitable secrecy.

The opioid epidemic has hit people in communities large and small and across all socio-economic classes. What should each of us know about it, and do about it?

Unstitched moves readers from feelings of helplessness and blame into empathy, ultimately helping friends, family, and community members separate the disease of addiction from the person underneath.

A stranger, rumored to be a heroin addict, repeatedly breaks into the small-town library Brett Ann Stanciu runs. After she tries to get law enforcement to take meaningful action against him—elementary school children and young parents with babies frequent the place after all—he dies by suicide. When she realizes how little she knows about opioid misuse, she sets out on a mission, seeking insight from others, such as people in recovery, treatment providers, the town police chief, and Vermont’s US attorney.

Stanciu’s journey leads to compassionate generosity, renewed faith, and ultimately a measure of personal redemption as she realizes she has a role to play in helping the people of her community stitch themselves back together.


…A compelling read, and an important one.”

--Literary North

This is a deeply compassionate and extremely important book”

--The Deerfield Valley News

…by approaching these conversations with humility, willing to listen and not judge, Stanciu gathered an illuminating collection of testimonials.

--Seven Days

…written in such an accessible manner that I found it difficult to put down.”

--Addison County Independent gripping as a good novel. Stanciu skillfully weaves together the complexities of addiction and the opioid crisis, and it’s hard to put the book down."

--Montpelier Bridge

About the Author

Brett Ann Stanciu

Librarian Brett Ann Stanciu is a graduate of Marlboro College and recipient of a Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant. Her novel Hidden View, published in 2015, portrays the challenges of family and hardscrabble farming, loss, and the possibility of redemption. She lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her family.

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