Roanoke author Beth Macy brings "Dopesick" book tour home

Published: Aug. 13, 2018 at 12:49 AM EDT
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Roanoke-based author Beth Macy brought the book tour for her newest outing, "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America," home after stops in New York City and Washington DC.

Macy read an excerpt of her third nonfiction novel to about 360 people at the Taubman Museum of Art Sunday afternoon. Charting the rise and devastation of America's opioid addiction epidemic, Macy says the book took a lot out of her emotionally, but her experience doesn't compare to what so many families face.

"I feel like I need to go out and talk about it," Macy said. "I feel like half of America knows too much about the opioid problem. If you've had it in your family, you know the suffering that this will cause. And the other half of America still doesn't"

Photographer Josh Meltzer, who took powerful photos to accompany Macy's writing, wrote about his process for capturing the portraits to accompany Dopesick's subjects.

If you missed the panel, the Taubman Museum is displaying a

of Meltzer and Macy's work until December 30.

For more infomation on Macy's book tour, click



includes "Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town" on the Basset Furniture empire and "Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest" about the true story of two Franklin County brothers who spent their lives as acts in the travelling circus.