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The Hero in Heroin (Book) Review

 
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An often heartwrenching book about a life cut too short.

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Some readers may find the spiritual aspects of the book to be little over the top.


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“A mother and son’s journey on both sides of the veil.” Mindy Miralia has led a very interesting life – unique in many ways, both good and bad. She has lived through unplanned pregnancy, a troubled marriage, a career that spanned the globe, and an embracing of the spiritual beyond what most are comfortable with. […]

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“A mother and son’s journey on both sides of the veil.”

Mindy Miralia has led a very interesting life – unique in many ways, both good and bad. She has lived through unplanned pregnancy, a troubled marriage, a career that spanned the globe, and an embracing of the spiritual beyond what most are comfortable with. But Mindy Miralia has also lived through an event that most parents fear – the death of her son. After struggling with the chains of addiction for much of his young life, Miralia’s son Micah took his own life. This is his story, as well as hers, and it lays bare the hopelessness and despair that addiction so often brings.

Though the title hints at a book that is mostly about that addiction, instead The Hero in Heroin takes a long look at life – both Mindy’s and Micah’s. It’s as if the author has decided to lay out Micah’s whole life, and hers during that time, so readers themselves can look for clues as to what may have led to Micah’s addiction. That life is unusual to say the least, and it’s true that many of the events in his formative years may have influenced Micah in his path. From giving up her dream of medical school when she learned of her pregnancy, to frequent moves – uprooting Micah from school and friends, often to move to other countries – Micah had a difficult childhood, and having a father who was absent both physically and mentally during those challenging times likely contributed to his problems.

The Hero in Heroin is set up into three different sections. The first, and longest, covers Micah’s life, from conception to death, through Mindy’s lens. At times, it feels more about Mindy than Micah, but it’s easy to see in hindsight how choices that were made in his childhood influenced his personality. The next section deals with after his death, when Mindy feels that her son has come back in spirit form to help heal both himself and her. The final section features writings by Micah himself, at various ages. It all paints a vivid picture of a life cut too short, and the pain addiction brings, as seen through a mother’s eyes.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)