‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ taps the intersection of art, addiction, activism, and human rights—and makes a sharp, provocative social comment. When artist Matt Baechtel, a recovering heroin addict, meets up with the world’s leading expert on heroin, and discovers that the drug affects everyone, not just addicts—he’s in a world of hurt. When Matt’s world falls apart, at least until he recovers, he finds out that the heroin he used to love isn’t the one he has to keep alive—it’s the one he had to kill.
“A story about addiction and art has to be told. This is one of the best that I’ve read so far. It’s brilliant, it’s funny and sad and tragic and poignant—and it’s written by a brilliant storyteller. I loved it.”
“A heart-wrenching story of a man struggling with addiction from a literary perspective. A remarkable, yet poignant, insight into the horrors of addiction and the struggles addicts face as they attempt to come to terms with chronic, self-destructive illnesses.”
“This novel is the story of a man’s fight with a disease: his addiction to heroin.”
“This is a fascinating, dark and disturbing novel that is told from multiple points of view. It is an absolute treat to read, and I am eager to start reading more of this brilliant author’s work. It was one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.”
“After all, if you only ever read what you get to, you’d miss out on a lot of great writing, and now this wonderful novel is in your hands, you won’t miss out on anything.”
“The tale of Matt Baechtel, an artist-cum-heroin-addict, is a sobering one. An insightful, humane, and ultimately uplifting exploration of addiction as