Captured on MOTOQA1
When Alexis Paige, a 29-year-old writer and underemployed bartender, finds herself in lock-up one Cinco de Mayo in gritty Southeast Houston, she must reckon with a life spun pathetically out of orbit. The memoir tells the story of what happens once this former “good girl” is arrested for the first time—on felony drunk driving charges after a car crash that causes a Texas society bride to be escorted up the aisle in a wheelchair by her father, a former appointee of President George H.W. Bush. The two years following the arrest are punctuated by self-recriminations, harrowing court proceedings, a stint in rehab, a five-day trial, and, finally, the two months in jail that pin the narrator in limbo, between the wreckage of her past and her hopes for the future. While not a graceful contretemps, the experience becomes the guru, and it teaches her that she must grow up—that she can no longer postpone whoever it is she is meant to be.