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Written by Chely WrightAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Chely Wright

  • Format: eBook, 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon
  • On Sale: May 4, 2010
  • Price: $15.99
  • ISBN: 978-0-307-37926-9 (0-307-37926-4)
Also available as a hardcover.
EXCERPT

“It has been twenty-eight days since she last spoke to me. How can she not call or reach out in some way? I have no idea if I’m going crazy or if I’m already there. Is this what it feels like?
 
I’m afraid of the thoughts that I’m having. My only relief is when I’m sleeping . . . When I am able to get rest, I risk dreaming of her. The dreams are happy ones, but then I wake and feel the truth bearing down on me . . .
 
I go upstairs and locate a loaded 9-millimeter handgun. It is heavier than I remember.
 
I say a prayer to God to forgive me and to understand why I can’t go on anymore like this. I beg God to realize that I will never be able to fit into the life that I’ve created, that I will never be accepted.
 
I pick up the gun and put the end of it in my mouth. It’s cold. I hold it steady and get my right thumb on the trigger and prepare to pull it by pushing it outward.
 
I close my eyes . . . thumb still on the trigger.
 
My mind is going a million miles an hour. I think of my family, my dogs, my friends, my fans, the sun, a kiss from Julia, and music.
 
Then I hear a noise.
 
It is the sound of my heart pounding in my head . . .”


From the Hardcover edition.

Excerpted from Like Me by Chely Wright Copyright © 2010 by Chely Wright. Excerpted by permission of Pantheon, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.