Sometimes we long to step off the merry-go-round but few have the courage to take the leap.
For 40-something Fiona, that leap became an imperative. In Drink the Wild Air, she chronicles the unravelling of her life with an arresting and confronting candour.
When the story opens, Fiona is a successful professional who cannot abide the thought of failure. Despite an uneasy but increasing dissatisfaction she battles on, until she is diagnosed with cancer.
We are plunged into this poignant tale as if we were by her side – crying, laughing, loving and discovering. Things just seem to happen to Fiona; nothing remains undisturbed. Her irreverent wit and pithy perspective on human interactions – along with a range of inspiring and courageous characters – will keep the reader engaged and entertained.
As her journey progresses Fiona is forced to deal with her deepest insecurities and personal fears. Through her acceptance of the changes that cancer has wrought on her, she embarks on the pursuit of a passionate life: one that is a kaleidoscope of warmth, love, laughter, creativity and friendship.
She learns that true strength comes from accepting her vulnerability and that happiness is a choice to live fully in the moment, rather than allowing the beauty and joy of the here and now to be hijacked by the uncertainty of tomorrow.
Emotionally raw, this rollicking read is ultimately warm and uplifting.