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Problems (Paperback) (Jade Sharma)
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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 ****** 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. Her 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 ****** 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.