Any Kind of Luck at All

  • Pages:232
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
  • Themes:coming out, lesbian coming out, family loss overdose, opioid epidemic, fentanyl overdose
  • Available:10/12/2021
  • Age Groups:Adult Nonfiction

What was it like growing up as a smart girl in a world of 1970s suburban conformity? What family secrets were hidden behind the vertical blinds and sliding glass doors, or swept under the orange shag carpets? Is it possible to move from married mother-of-two to lesbian feminist activist without passing heartache?

In her bittersweet memoir, Mary Fairhurst Breen sketches scenes from a life darkened by four generations of mental illness and addiction. Despite the odds, Mary’s sense of humor and willingness to practice “radical acceptance” see her through the chaos to a life full of friends, art, and the joys of being a grandmother. Ultimately, she must face her greatest challenge of all when her daughter becomes one of the tens of thousands of people every year to die of opioid poisoning. This is a journey of awakening and activism, and a portrait of a life to be celebrated in all its complexity.

"Mary Fairhurst Breen's debut memoir, Any Kind of Luck At All, is at once heartbreaking and hilarious... While the memoir is less than 250 pages, readers get to know Fairhurst Breen intimately through her vivid description of herself."

– This Magazine

"Any Kind of Luck at All is the inspiring story of one feminist’s lifetime of heartaches and joys."

– Herizons Magazine