Raising the Shades
By Doug Wilhelm
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374361785, 192pp.)
Publication Date: April 2001
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Casey needs a way out of the dark
Ever since his mother fled the scene, thirteen-year-old Casey has taken over her role: cooking, cleaning, and looking after his father when he's "sick." In denial about his father's secret drinking and drug problem, Casey is increasingly isolated, angry, and overwhelmed. But Dad's addiction isn't as secret as Casey thinks, as he learns when his aunt announces that an intervention is in the works. Casey is conflicted. He wants to help save his father, the person he loves most in the world, but he doesn't want to betray him.
In this powerful novel, Doug Wilhelm shows how denial can cut both ways, as Casey stops overriding his own feelings and discovers his own way toward confronting his father directly, face-to-face, for the first time.
Doug Wilhelm is the author of several books for young adults. He lives with his son in Rutland, Vermont.
"When Casey's aunt asks him to participate in an intervention for his father, he does not know if he can handle the situation . . . As it turns out, the intervention process itself becomes not ony a path to recovery for his father, but also a way for Casey to regain his freedom and childhood. Wilhelm . . . avoids didacticism by depicting the subject of alcoholism in a convincing manner with realistic characters." -Kirkus Reviews