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Like Me

Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer

Like Me by Chely Wright
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“It has been twenty-eight days since she last spoke to me. How can she not call or reach out in some way? I have no idea if I’m going crazy or if I’m already there. Is this what it feels like?
 
I’m afraid of the thoughts that I’m having. My only relief is when I’m sleeping . . . When I am able to get rest, I risk dreaming of her. The dreams are happy ones, but then I wake and feel the truth bearing down on me . . .
 
I go upstairs and locate a loaded 9-millimeter handgun. It is heavier than I remember.
 
I say a prayer to God to forgive me and to understand why I can’t go on anymore like this. I beg God to realize that I will never be able to fit into the life that I’ve created, that I will never be accepted.
 
I pick up the gun and put the end of it in my mouth. It’s cold. I hold it steady and get my right thumb on the trigger and prepare to pull it by pushing it outward.
 
I close my eyes . . . thumb still on the trigger.
 
My mind is going a million miles an hour. I think of my family, my dogs, my friends, my fans, the sun, a kiss from Julia, and music.
 
Then I hear a noise.
 
It is the sound of my heart pounding in my head . . .”


From the Hardcover edition.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; May 2010
256 pages; ISBN 9780307379269
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Title: Like Me
Author: Chely Wright
 
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Excerpt
“It has been twenty-eight days since she last spoke to me. How can she not call or reach out in some way? I have no idea if I’m going crazy or if I’m already there. Is this what it feels like?
 
I’m afraid of the thoughts that I’m having. My only relief is when I’m sleeping . . . When I am able to get rest, I risk dreaming of her. The dreams are happy ones, but then I wake and feel the truth bearing down on me . . .
 
I go upstairs and locate a loaded 9-millimeter handgun. It is heavier than I remember.
 
I say a prayer to God to forgive me and to understand why I can’t go on anymore like this. I beg God to realize that I will never be able to fit into the life that I’ve created, that I will never be accepted.
 
I pick up the gun and put the end of it in my mouth. It’s cold. I hold it steady and get my right thumb on the trigger and prepare to pull it by pushing it outward.
 
I close my eyes . . . thumb still on the trigger.
 
My mind is going a million miles an hour. I think of my family, my dogs, my friends, my fans, the sun, a kiss from Julia, and music.
 
Then I hear a noise.
 
It is the sound of my heart pounding in my head . . .”


From the Hardcover edition.