The series is seven full-size novels, each full of stories to make you laugh, cry, squirm, and celebrate – usually at the same time. The books cover a span of 45 years – from Lela Fox's first drink at age 13 to her last at age 40, followed by 18 sober years desparately searching for peace.
For thirteen-year-old Lela Fox, an electrifying new life started in a gravel alley with a six pack of beer and two albino sisters. The first sip roused the hideous ogre of alcoholism, creating a life far too bizarre for a teen to handle.
Written like a novel, with spine-tingling action and plenty of “you are there” dialogue, Powerless is the story of a coming of age that never came. What came instead was a life sidetracked by the myriad of challenges this small-town teen faced head-on – mental illness, sexual assault, love’s betrayal, and mixed messages from a family who expected as much as they gave.
Powerless by Lela Fox
Her plan was set in stone. To make it happen, all Lela Fox had to do was control all people, places, and things.
Eighteen-year-old Lela Fox believed marriage, motherhood, and maturity would force the ogre of addiction to loosen its grip on her soul. Instead, the grip tightens and nearly squeezes the life from her.
DENIAL follows Lela from her first drunken year in college, beginning with sexual assault and a harrowing accident, through a fraudulent job, and along the jagged peaks and valleys of a doomed marriage #1.
Lela’s mood swings cause chaos and send her husband on a different kind of bender. The pain of it all bankrupts her emotionally and spiritually, but a bottle of Chardonnay is always nearby.
With poignant dialogue and spine-tingling action, you’ll follow the life of this courageous woman – a drunk with uncanny luck and unending stamina.
Is getting sober the only goal? Is that enough?
Denial by Lela Fox
Far from a drunk-a-logue, Lela’s story reads like a novel, with poignant dialogue and action.
Chaos is the story of ever-growing mayhem in the life of an alcoholic in denial, a Bi-Polar alcoholic making bizarre decisions, a resourceful alcoholic who goes through the motions of having a normal life yet feels terminally guilty for living a lie.
With the horror of her teen years and trauma of her first marriage behind her, Lela Fox gives “being normal,” another shot, this time as a single mother with part-time freedom to party. In the formative decade in her life, from age 26 to 36, she begins a long, slow simmer on the relentless flame of alcoholism.
A rare health scare limited her choices, and she chose a husband from a lineup of bad choices. For a while, Lela led a storybook life and glowed with a sterling creative reputation... but high expectations overwhelmed her, and she ran.
Nobody knew of the volcano rumbling in Lela's soul. The real problems came when Lela realized she was the baggage, not the prize.
You thought things were crazy before? The craziest chaos begins here, in Chaos.
Chaos by Lela Fox
Lela Fox can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Unmanageable follows her roller-coaster life in her mid-to-late 30s - the years most trying and most bizarre, and the last of her chaotic years as a half-functional drunk.
Through adventures in the Horribly Green House to sunny days on Grand Bahama Island, you'll meet her greatest enabler, her guardian angel, and dastardly arch nemesis, Stuart. When Stuart gets clean, all seems rosy, but Lela’s drinking keeps her curious life on the edge of ruin. Though she tries, the handfuls of hundred-dollar-bills Stuart throws her way can’t buy peace of mind.
Bizarre circumstances are routine. It's the longest-yet book in the series, packed with edge-of-your-seat action, and the pace is head-spinning.
You'll also meet Stuart’s snobby, ultra-wealthy parents and enter another type of life filled with pretense. You’ll laugh through her hilarious attempts to hold a job, fret as Stuart stalks her, cheer when love wins, then cringe when an emergency gives Lela the title of stepmother to a troubled child and boss of a frantic nanny.
Is this the Lifetime that puts her over the top? Can determination pull her out of the hell she’s created?
Unmanageable is the fourth book in the Life & Times of a Curious Drunk series, a memoir following the twists and turns of Lela Fox’s crazy life. All books are written as full-sized novels. Most chapters end with a “reflection” from Lela’s 20-year-sober self, comparing those alcoholic motivations and behaviors with a wiser, saner perspective.
Unmanageable by Lela Fox
Lela’s head-spinning downward spiral, her crushing emotional and spiritual bottom, and a faltering rise through six months of sobriety… the story is the no-holds-barred journey with all its ups and downs and hairpin curves.
Heartless husband Stuart speeds Lela Fox toward failure with a series of cruel tricks, leaving her heart crushed and her life even more dysfunctional.
She collapses into the depths of alcoholism’s black hole in a by-the-week hotel alongside a tattooed man with an unknown name. An empty human shell, Lela reaches her spiritual, emotional, and financial bottom. With a precariously thin thread of self-worth, she cries for help. It comes just in time and in a surprising, very-Lela way.
A new Lifetime begins… a week in detox, thirty days of inpatient rehab, two months in a halfway house – then wreckage of the past brings the sober insanity her sponsor warned her about: the first year sober can be worse than the last year drinking.
As in other books in her memoir series, Lela Fox chronicles the comedy along with the tragedy. Here you’ll find the raw emotion of early sobriety and the waves of false confidence that threaten her success.
Her voyage to serenity begins in Insanity, but continuing dysfunction and hit after hit of her past life’s craziness interfere. It’s an adventurous story – moving and poignant, action-filled and funny, and, like sobriety, honest to the point of pain.
Insanity by Lela Fox
The good, the bad, and the funny of getting and staying sober. You’ll laugh as Lela Fox evolves from a needy newcomer with a chip on her shoulder to a more serene soul with a chip in her pocket.
And the craziness never ends.
Follow the adventures of this adorable alcoholic as she ‘walks the walk’ through two years of sponsors, boyfriends, and chaos, changing jobs as fast as her peak-and-valley moods change.
HONESTY presents a series of colorful characters and a full load of intense action. Meet Bear, Lela’s first sober boyfriend with a problem she can’t solve, and re-meet Damon, the OCD ‘guardian angel’ who ushers her home but leaves her hanging.
Tension runs as high as her debt load. Betrayal and grief put a dent in her determination. But all seems right when Lela meets Railroad Gil at the offbeat West 40 AA club. Has she found the real deal?
As book six of seven in the series, HONESTY is full of AA, but not yet the happily-ever-after. After all, she’s still Lela Fox, an errant alcoholic with a roller-coaster life and two more Lifetimes to go.
The final book follows Lela's happiness with soulmate Gil Justice - and its crash with the ending of marriage number four.
She struggles to find peace amid growing chaos. With blind belief in the build-it-yourself Higher Power that has carried her through the ups and downs of sobriety, she finds the bravery to reach up and out, and the gift of serenity follows.
It's the enlightening end of this 45-year-long story.
With surprising twists and turns, Lela is approved by the disability board and retires. Sober, grateful and as active as her body allows, Lela has climbed a mountain and survived.
See how it all happens.