Renee Ebert

Literature & Fiction

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Renee  Ebert

Reader, writer, music lover, traveler. Born in Philadelphia, grew up ten miles from NYC, and lived everywhere north, south and west.


Until the Darkness Goes

Literature & Fiction

Molly Morris is a 42-year-old, headstrong Jewish New Yorker who has had it with her family's conventional middle-class values. She flees to Long Beach, California to begin a vibrant new life far from her critical mother. There, she finds love with Javier, an attractive Mexican auto mechanic who invites her into his life, his culture and his close-knit family. Life is good...very good...until tragedy strikes and Molly's grief and self-recrimination plunge her into depression and drug addiction. Bold, frank and void of sentimentality, Until the Darkness Goes explores Molly's vulnerabilities, her search for meaning in the face of tragedy, and ultimately her return to a sense of purpose in the most unexpected way.

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The discovery of what it means to lose someone we love is always painful. The loss of parents, though inevitable, is not something anyone can prepare us to lessen the pain. The loss of a child is life changing as we see in Molly's case. As a young girl not yet in my teens I witnessed the loss of an infant in my family, he was so very new to this world and his parents were very young. When I wrote this passage, I had in mind the experiences his parents conveyed and the beautiful child they would never see grow up.

Reviewer's Comments

Excellent character study in this emotional journey of a woman spiraling into depression and addiction dealing with the loss of her child. Falling into the pit of darkness and learning a way to begin to climb back out, Molly explores her pain, her escapism and downfall, using her mother, the baby's father Javier and the responsibility of her new foster son, Nugent. Reconnecting with her mother helps her discover a hidden family secret giving her hope she may recover her path back to sanity and sobriety.


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Narcotics Anonymous

Molly starts off her court ordered NA meetings prepared to judge. With all her recriminations, though, we experience a loosening of her resolve and some awareness that she very much needs this therapy.

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