Problems

Problems

Paperback - 2016
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Dark, raw, and very funny, Problems introduces us to Maya, a young woman with a smart mouth, time to kill, and a heroin hobby that isn't much fun anymore. Maya's been able to get by in New York on her wits and a dead-end bookstore job for years, but when her husband leaves her and her favorite professor ends their affair, her barely-calibrated life descends into chaos, and she has to make some choices. Maya's struggle to be alone, to be a woman, and to be thoughtful and imperfect and alive in a world that doesn't really care what happens to her is rendered with dead-eyed clarity and unnerving charm. This book takes every tired trope about addiction and recovery, "likeable" characters, and redemption narratives, and blows them to pieces.

Emily Books is a publishing project and ebook subscription service whose focus is on transgressive writers of the past, present and future, with an emphasis on the writing of women, trans and queer people, writing that blurs genre distinctions and is funny, challenging, and provocative.

Jade Sharma is a writer living in New York. She has an MFA from the New School.

Publisher: Minneapolis :, Coffee House Press,, 2016
ISBN: 9781566894425
Branch Call Number: FIC SHA
Characteristics: 180 pages ; 21 cm

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Cynthia_N Sep 07, 2016

A shocking story about a young lady's journey with drugs. The author does not shy away from some scary things Maya does and I thought she did a great job capturing the feelings Maya was having. Hard but good read.

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