Meet & Greet Author Cere Demuth
Cere Demuth’s just-published book, The Way We Stay: A Memoir of Recovery, couldn’t be more timely. As untold numbers of Americans struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, there is great need for help in the form of recovery stories.
Islanders who wish to learn more about addiction and recovery, will have the chance to chat with Cere as she presents her memoir to the public at Griffin Bay Bookstore on Saturday, June 30, 2:00—4:00 pm.
Cere’s only son’s opiate addiction leaves her coping with pain, fear, and humiliation for twelve long years. A small town psychotherapist, living in the islands, she struggles to balance the needs of her family beneath the shadow of addiction. She revisits her tumultuous childhood beginning in the Bay Area with her birth during the Summer of Love to leftists radical hippies.
Cere retraces her parents’ intense, but brief involvement in the leftist militant group, the Weather Underground. Eventually, her family moves to Whidbey Island where her parents raise her and her brother in a small, rural, alternative community.
In the midst of a painful, high-risk adolescence she invites the reader into her internal world as a teen-age mother in 1985, an adoptive mom in 2000, and a psychotherapist of twenty-five years desperately trying to heal her family and herself from the suffering caused by addiction. Written in sparse, poetic language, In The Way We Stay, Cere has written a story of heartbreaking love, vulnerability, faith and healing.
About the Author
Cere Demuth has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1992. She is a mother, grandmother, occasional photographer, and writer. She works psychodynamically with children, adolescents and adults on both San Juan and Orcas Island. She specializes is issues related to trauma, addiction, and attachment.