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One Good Reason

A Memoir of Addiction and Recovery, Music and Love

by (author) Séan McCann & Andrea Aragon

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2020
Personal Memoirs, Child Abuse, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Composers & Musicians
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A Globe & Mail Canadian Non-Fiction Bestseller.

This deeply personal memoir, co-written by singer- songwriter, renowned mental health advocate, and recent Order of Canada recipient Séan McCann and wife Andrea Aragon leaves no stone unturned. Detailing in powerful and lyrical prose a Newfoundland childhood indoctrinated in strict Catholic faith, the creation of the wildly successful Great Big Sea, and the battle with alcoholism that nearly cost them everything, McCann and Aragon offer readers a story of reaching international fame and finding rock bottom. Most of all, this book is an honest, raw, and inspiring tribute to embracing the belief that we are all worth saving.

At the heart of this insightful coming-of-recovery is McCann's exploration of the root cause of his alcoholism; a secret he kept until 2014 when he came out as a survivor of sexual abuse. Aragon's parallel narrative offers a rare and intimate spousal perspective, making the memoir a nuanced and complex portrait of the effects of addiction on family.

Featuring lyrics from McCann's celebrated solo career, personal colour photographs, and original drawings from visual artist Bee Stanton, One Good Reason is a rallying cry for holding on to the ones you love, helping yourself, and turning music into medicine.

About the authors

Born on May 22, 1967, in Carbonear, Newfoundland, Séan McCann rose to fame as a founding member of the multi-million-selling folk group Great Big Sea. Today Séan is a renowned mental health, addiction, and recovery advocate who continues to sing and share his story of surviving twenty-five years of alcoholism that once masked a dark secret of childhood abuse at the hands of his trusted family priest. Visit

Séan McCann's profile page

Andrea Aragon is the daughter of a Vietnam War veteran and the fiercely loving mother of two growing boys, two indifferent cats, and two bad dogs. She is still married to her second husband, Séan.

Andrea Aragon's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"Heartfelt and sincere.... One Good Reason is a story of addiction and the abuse that drove it—but at its heart it's really a love story about one woman who never gave up on the man she loves, and the man who made himself live up to her expectations." —Downhome Magazine

"I read this book in one sitting. Getting two perspectives on the trauma of abuse, the challenges of addiction, and the journey of recovery is both riveting and valuable. This story is harrowing and honest with touches of humour, but ultimately, it's hopeful." —Joel Plaskett, Songwriter

"Their story is heartbreaking at times, but ultimately filled with love and hope." —Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, MB)

"And while McCann's story might sound familiar to some, it is Aragon's account of the highs and lows of living aside an alcoholic that will tug the heartstrings. Speaking with great courage, poise, and purpose, she is a comforting voice for the silent and still-suffering majority." —Celtic Life Magazine (Halifax, NS)

"A very important and powerful read full of hope and love and music." —Sheldon Kennedy, CM, AOE, OM, sexual abuse awareness advocate and former NHL hockey player

"For Sean McCann celebrity was, for decades, a disguise, the rock-star lifestyle a performance, all crafted to conceal a shocking secret. His story is a cautionary "backstage pass" into the reality of self-destruction but, maybe more important, the healing power of honesty." —Linden MacIntyre, Giller Prize-winning author of The Bishop's Man and The Wake

"If One Good Reason has an underlying message, it is one of hope. It takes us through some truly dark days for both, ending up on the other side where they're stronger and more resilient for having survived." — (Kelowna, BC)

"Séan and Andrea have created something unique and special. There is no doubt in my mind their story(ies) will resonate on many levels with many, many people. It is a very, very special read." —Clara Hughes, Olympic gold medallist and Canadian mental health champion

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