Laura Jacob

Writing autobiographical nonfiction.

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Light Sleeper

Never let them see you weak. Never let the tears fall.The phone rang on the day after Christmas and Laura Jacob learned that her father was being placed on life support after being found on his bathroom floor seizing due to his alcohol addiction. How could a sober, safe man still be that monster she feared growing up? She had allowed him back into her life after hiding for over a decade and now she regretted it. At age 38, she suddenly felt the terror and devastation as if she was a child again. Her fight, drive, and resilience disappeared. As she learns the truth about her father’s suicide attempts, abuse of his family, and continued addictions, she reflects back on all of those times when an adult–a parent–had let her down or did everything possible to destroy her spirit. Light Sleeper chronicles Laura’s ongoing struggle to sleep as a response to her trauma. Meanwhile, she excels instead of fails, strengthens rather than falls apart, jumps out of airplanes and climbs mountains.

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