ADDICT'S WAY chronicles a year in the life of Peter Panelli, a sixty-year-old attorney who spent his entire adult life compulsively gambling on horses, while his immediate contemporaries were busy building a life for themselves. Without any cash reserves to overcome a recent brain injury from a car crash, Panelli ends up dead broke, homeless, and disbarred. He now struggles to reclaim the life he was supposed to have lived.

The novel is written in a humorous, reflective voice, casting Panelli’s bewilderment and self-searching against the historical tapestry of a divided America in the early years of the 2020 decade. Ultimately, it is a story about all of us — our dreams, our hopes, our desires, and our letdowns.

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Part ONE

Whenever God sends angels my way, they seem to be the lazy ones, too afraid to fly into my darkest hours . . . I got the stuff. This ... Read Chapter

Chapter One

Twenty Years Later . . . | 1 | I didn’t have any bottles of water with me. I didn’t want to go back into the room to get one,... Read Chapter


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