grimes double double

Join the Ivy Bookshop in welcoming bestselling mystery novelist Martha Grimes and her son, Ken Grimes, as they discuss their memoir of their struggles with alcoholism and recovery, Double Double, on Tuesday, August 20 at 7 p.m.

People who suffer from alcoholism as well as their families and friends know that while it is possible to get sober, there is no one “right” way to do it. In Double Double, the award-winning mystery writer and her son offer two points of view on their struggles with alcoholism. In alternating chapters, they share their stories – of drinking, recovery, relapse, friendship, travel, work, success and failure.

For Martha, it was about drinking martinis at home, sometimes with friends, sometimes alone. For Ken, it was partying in bars and clubs. Each hit bottom. Martha spent time doing outpatient rehabilitation, once in 1990 and again two years later. Ken began 12-step recovery. The candid memoir describes how different both the disease and the recovery can look in two different people – even two people who are mother and son. 

Bestselling author Martha Grimes has published at least one book a year for the last 30 years, including 22 Richard Jury mysteries. The winner of the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award, Grimes lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Ken Grimes works in the public relations industry and lives with his wife and children in suburban Maryland.

Join Martha and Ken Grimes tomorrow at the Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Ivy Bookshop website.