When my husband and I first got married I was appalled at his drinking. He has cut way way back now and we are still together and still in love. Uncle Louie - congratulations on getting sober - good for you!
Dr. Sleep is such a great book. I am glad I bought it. I savoured it as much as possible but near the second half of the book I just went on a reading marathon and it was wonderful. Now I am back on 11/22/63 which is a re-read for me. Welcome, cinnamongirl - nice to have you here and I hope you continue to post!
I thought the numerous AA meetings were necessary to the story. Seemed to add a little realism (if you will) to the situation. Dan had to hit bottom and we had to experience it and watch him crawl back out in order to appreciate his remarkable recovery and fight to save Abra as well as himself. I thin I et what you mean though, I get so distracted when I see a character in a movie smoke....it just distracts me from the story-ha