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MacEnulty's story epitomizes, and puts a human face on, some of America's favorite adages: Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, trust in what you do best, find satisfaction in your work, make lemonade out of lemons. You could almost see her as an all-American success story a la Horatio Alger, except that folks who think in terms of "all-American success stories" usually aren't thinking of former heroin addicts. Obviously, that's something they need to rethink.
Pat MacEnulty’s books
Sweet Fire, 2002. Trish spends her time hustling to score heroin, dilaudids, whatever she can get. She travels from Florida to California and Mexico, hustling all the way, and always in the company of the wrong kind of men. As her life spirals out of control and from one man to another, we discover there’s more to her addiction than the drugs.
The Language of Sharks, 2004. A collection of short stories about girls eager to discard their innocence, and women yearning to regain it. From a Miami hooker to a suburban housewife, MacEnulty’s characters all search for meaning in their troubled lives.
Time To Say Goodbye, 2006. A literary noir mystery about a suburban wife and mother with a deadly past, and the detective who is determined to find out the truth about a series of murders.
From May to December, 2007. The lives of four women converge in prison, as they join forces to put on a grant-funded drama production. Despite their remarkably divergent histories, these women come together in unexpected ways, each beginning to confront and forgive her own past.
Picara, 2009. A 14-year-old girl, Eli Burnes, in the early 1970s, takes her life by the horns when her living situation implodes. She winds up staying with her father, a disc jockey and anti-war activist who has his own, new family.