I didn't realize how tired and old-fashioned the drug novel genre was until I encountered the first real 21st version of it. Sharma's voice is original and uncompromising as she infuses her humor into this painful story of addiction.— From Jason's Picks
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.
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Jade Sharma is a writer living in New York. She has an MFA from the New School.
About the Author
Jade Sharma: Jade Sharma is a writer living in New York. She has an MFA from The New School.