||English writer Julie Myerson has seven novels to her credit, but there is little question that this is by far her most important book. In this harrowing memoir, Myerson painfully shares the story of her struggles to save her estranged and often deranged son from a life controlled by drug abuse. Perhaps in order to dilute her own torment, Myerson involves her account of another lost child, a 19th-century watercolor artist named Mary Yelloly who lived in Myerson's town of Suffolk and died young, at the age of 21, whose story she had been researching for a book when her son's troubles took over her life. His descent into depravity began when he started smoking a particularly potent strand of marijuana, after which he abandoned school, physically and mentally abused both of his parents, stole or destroyed their belongings, and ditched his girlfriend after getting her pregnant. When Myerson discovered that he had sold drugs to his younger brother, she had no choice but to lock him out of the house. Myerson's story will touch the heart of every parent, as she poignantly examines the nature of unconditional love and guiltily admits that she may have been complicit in her son's downfall, due to her liberal policies on discipline. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.