Problems 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 any Maya s been able to get by in New York on her wits

  • Title: Problems
  • Author: Jade Sharma
  • ISBN: 9781566894425
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 any 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, andDark, 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 any 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.

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    1. PART ONEThis is disgusting, funny and totally compelling, and also, frankly, it’s fairly disgusting too. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. I loved it and I had to finish it all in one day, which in this case was aided greatly by insomnia, which is not so enjoyable. You really need a writer like Jade Sharma if you have a case of bad insomnia, so thank you Jade, your timing was perfect. You get fixed in the cold laser beam of her endless waste-of-space sour, surly junkie self-loathing and the tone neve [...]

    2. 3.5 starsAddicted to heroin, unsatisfying relationships with men, and her own torturous life in New York City, our protagonist Maya has more than a couple of problems. Though quite intelligent and observant about the little details in life, she struggles to break free from a cycle of self-destruction that leaves her always wanting more. Avoid this book if you have a frail heart, because Maya engages in loads of explicit sex and drug use, riding the waves of an unstable life until she wears herse [...]

    3. I'm getting in trouble (again, forever) elsewhere for disparaging pompous white men and the pompous white books they pompously write, so I guess I'd better say some things about this one, which is written by a non-pompous non-white non-man. Guess what, haters? I didn't really like this that much either, which I know may startle you but which should also reveal that I am not doing any of this out of knee-jerk pettiness #becausepatriarchy — I am just looking for good fucking books to read and th [...]

    4. In this simply titled debut novel, "Problems" author Jade Sharma fully explores the disturbing psychological intensity of the inner emotional mindset and actions of a young woman impaired by an addictive personality and substance abuse that eventually split and fractured her life.Maya, was an intelligent weight conscious twenty-something biracial beauty, who lived with her devoted bartender husband Peter in a sunless NYC basement apartment that had once been the scene of a murder-suicide. Workin [...]

    5. I'll be honest in that after finishing Sorry to Disrupt the Peace and now Jade Sharma's novel, I'm feeling a bit conflicted. Conflicted because they have each made me feel better about my own life, but awful because I found myself relating with each of their protagonists in really surprising ways considering I am like neither of the characters.Here we have Maya, a young Indian-American woman who has, for lack of a better phrase, a slight drug problem. She's sleeping with a professor, but she her [...]

    6. "Give me new problems. I'm tired of the same old problems.Why can't someone interest me in my own life?"This book is like Notes from Underground meets Trainspotting meets The Bell Jar, but with a brown woman. It's short but it's not easy; it got under my skin. An itch that won't go away. Or as The Rumpus describes it, it's "like a blister". I relate to Maya in terms of sensibility, but she's dealing with some harrowing issues like heroin addiction, an eating disorder, and the end of a marriage. [...]

    7. Jesus fucking Christ this book hurt almost as much as it made me cackle. Sometimes it did both at the same time.

    8. “Behind every crazy woman is a man sitting very quietly, saying, ‘What? I’m not doing anything.’ ”This line is just one example of this author's really insightful, funny, yet tragic take on heroin addiction for a young woman in a high-tech, superficial world that starts very quickly closing in on her psyche. Unlikeable and selfish but highly engaging with an incredible talent for getting immediately to the raw truth of her own failings, as well as everyone else's, this is a really gr [...]

    9. This is one of those books where the author's words feel like a reflection of your own mind and that is scary because it's all out there but comforting at the same time because you know you are not the only one who thinks this way. The story of Maya as a drug addict's life is raw, funny, liberating and powerful all at the same time. Highly recommend.

    10. This is Junkie by William S. Burroughs written with a feminist slant in brown skin. I enjoyed it so much, I want to read again.

    11. [3.5 stars] Sharma’s debut novel, Problems, tells the story of Maya simply trying to live her life, and for her, the struggle is real. Minimally employed, unhappily married, risque affair in progress, an on-again-off-again (but mostly on-again) drug habit, mother with ailing health, and art on her wall she hates — Maya’s got some problems.Truly, nothing a whole lot plot-wise happens in this book; yet, it doesn’t really have to. It’s more about experiencing the day to day with Maya, inc [...]

    12. "I relate to anyone who, on showing up to a restaurant or house party, immediately needs to know where the bathroom is, making every entrance an emergency. I feels so much of Maya, which is why I sound a little like I hate her. She extends into public space the ugliness of the self in a bathroom, where all the surfaces are cool, the flesh unfortunate, whereas I'm too vain or polite not to spend an hour in the bathroom before showing my face–why should anyone have to see me the way I see myself [...]

    13. Loved this. And you will too if you liked "Love Me Back", "Tongue Party", "Making Nice" or "The Wetlands." Was totally engaged by the voice and remained very sympathetic to the narrator even while she was sabotaging herself.

    14. It was like Alexander and terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for a sex addicted, lewd, heroin addict. This book was terrible, horrible and very very bad.

    15. Really good. A courageous and terrifically written novel. Like Jenny Offill's Department of Speculation meets Requiem For A Dream. Can't wait to see what this writer does next!

    16. This book advertised itself as being "Girls" meets "Trainspotting" which, to me, is a lot to live up to. It definitely delivered. It kind of reads like a bunch of one-liners, which were often hilarious, and a little disturbing given how much of it I could relate to, minus the heroin addiction. You wonder, 'When did I confuse hedonism with lousy old self-destruction?'."it is an art to make yourself so unlovable."

    17. GREAT book.1. Brown woman author YASSS2. Brown woman protagonist whose conflicts don't revolve around culture-clashes (refreshing), and who deals with drug issues (also refreshing).3. Intense inner monologue that I can relate to (except for the drug thing, of course. But that was written pretty powerfully as well). I particularly liked that Maya's whole trip to rehab didn't automatically result in her quitting (a common trope I've seen with characters dealing with drug addiction). Across the who [...]

    18. Wow. What an intense, dark, and graphic read. It was wonderful! It really opened my eyes to the world of addiction. I have never read a book in which the narrator is so unlikeable, yet manages to keep your interest the whole entire time! Her mix of first and second person is brilliant. This is not for the faint of heart. Jade Sharma throws convention out the window and the result is stunning.

    19. I really loved it and felt darkly affected by it. The description of the book on is spot on. I can't really improve upon it. "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, a [...]

    20. Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this book for free to review.I’m pretty sure I didn’t even request this one, but it arrived at my door and so I figured I might as well give it a go. Luckily, I really enjoyed it, and while I did find occasional problems with it here and there, it was entertaining enough and pretty typical for a professional quality “drug” book.Here, we follow an unlikable heroin addict and see the highs and lows of her life through her own eye [...]

    21. It was exactly what I had expected from reading other reviews. Not amazing, but not bad When you need a "brain candy" book, this works pretty well.

    22. The everyday problems of a young woman in New York who uses heroin and eats only yogurt, this was hard to put down and I loved the mix of rawness, darkness, humor, and the frequent piercing observations couched in single sentences.

    23. What I liked about Jade Sharma's book was her ability to create characters that, while not always likeable, are complex, raw, and very real. I felt as though Maya was a woman I could meet on the street tomorrow and some of the thoughts and emotions she displayed were feelings I think many can identify with; from her social awkwardnes and second guessing with ultra conservative (prudes as she puts it in the book) inlaws to her self loathing and guilt at being unable to handle her mother, I think [...]

    24. Essentially a story of addiction and other preoccupations (disordered eating, sex), Maya's tale is very readable, and surprisingly relatable. I dog-eared a ton of pages that featured incredible lines. The only thing I didn't love was the format, which would have worked better with a shorter work, I think. I did consider that it was perhaps meant to be a bit annoying as a mirror of the thought patterns (or even speech patterns) of an addict, but it still detracted a bit from the novel -- like the [...]

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