Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America - Chapter 7, Drinking in Dallas Summary & Analysis

Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Chapter 7, Drinking in Dallas Summary and Analysis

During the summer of 1987, Wurtzel goes to Dallas, Texas. She has finished her sophomore year at Harvard and won awards in Journalism. She has been obsessed with Texas since she was a little girl, but once she arrives, the reality of her dream location is a bit different. At first, however, she is mysteriously happy in a place that she calls "depressed and depressing." There is a small counterculture in Dallas, which she enjoys and adores her new apartment. She thinks that she could be truly happy in Dallas except for one thing: since she grew up in New York City, she cannot drive, and this ultimately chains her.

Wurtzel starts to crack slowly. She starts to work extra time for the paper she is working for. She will work on projects that no one else wants and comes into work hours late. However, since she has done such great pieces in the past, her increasingly wacky behavior is forgiven.

By the time her mother comes to visit, it is normal behavior for her to drink all week and go over to her cousins' house to lay out by the pool. Her cousin wants to throw Wurtzel a birthday party. Instead, Wurtzel spends the day hanging out with random people at a bar, drinking. She is hours late for her own birthday party that her mother throws in her honor. By the time she gets there, her mother is thoroughly disgusted with her. She is upset and still drunk when she gets back to her house that evening. She walks to the Morning News music critic's house randomly. She gets to his house and starts to pound on his door as if the presence of this near-stranger can fix all of her problems. Her screaming gets the attention of the gas station attendant next door and he drives her back to her house again.

When she wakes up, her mother is standing above her bed. She tells Wurtzel that she has pushed her over the edge. She tells her that if she wants to go back home, she can, but her behavior will not be tolerated and she will pay for her own ticket home. Later that week, she is contacted by the producers of Oprah to be on the show to discuss her current relationship with her father. They picked up the story that she had written in Seventeen and now want her on their show. Initially, she agrees, but then realizes the key to her happiness would be to not appear on that show.

The rest of her time in Dallas is just as chaotic. Wurtzel dates a police-beat reporter who she decides is her key to happiness and obsessively remains with him. If he doesn't call, she freaks out.

After another restless evening, Wurtzel calls her mother and tells her that she thinks it's time to come home. Her mother says that she knows Wurtzel has an unnamed grudge against the world, and believes that she needs to get into therapy right away.

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