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Yesterday's Tomorrow

Raw Stories of Hard-Fought Recovery

As the coronavirus pandemic adds chaos to our sober lives we were already trying to keep from flying off the track, we need grounded, no-nonsense voices like Barry Longyear's more than ever.

Recipient of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for his writing, Barry Longyear flexes his creative and comic chops in Yesterday’s Tomorrow. In these true stories, Longyear wanders from scenic Maine backdrops to the smoky hum of backwoods Twelve Step meetings, all while dissecting why some recoveries don’t come naturally—and why it’s okay to let down our guard and laugh.

Recovery is one hell of a roller coaster. It twists and plummets, upending our stomachs, while some maniac cackles hysterically in the front car. What’s so damn funny? Besides our stomach’s contents, what are we missing? Truth is, while we all sit anxiously awaiting that next drop, Barry Longyear is enjoying the wild ride.
An award-winning author and proprietor of the Life Sucks Better Clean blog, Barry has been on recovery’s ride for a while now. He understands the importance of stupid questions and sarcastic responses. He’s honest to the point of embarrassment. And he has real problems: with friends, with self-ordained recovery police, and with the god of his childhood. But he also has a strong recovery full of laughter. Despite all its ups and downs, your recovery, too, can be a good one.

Barry B. Longyear is the first writer to win the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer all in the same year. In addition to his acclaimed Enemy Mine Series, his works include the Circus World and Infinity Hold series; Sea of Glass and other science fiction and fantasy novels; recovery works such as Saint Mary Blue and Yesterday's Tomorrow; and writing instruction works like The Write Stuff; as well as numerous short stories. You can find him online at barrylongyear.net.