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Sherry and Narcotics Paperback – May 1, 2011
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"a compelling and a heartrending read...I recommend this book be read when the reader has time to read it start to finish, you won't want to put it down." --Sandra Shwayder Sanchez, Book Pleasures
Gardner understands how people speak and write. She knows every tic and quaver of an individual voice, and the result is so good it's unnerving, a soul-signature replicated on the page...
--Max Dunbar, 3AM Magazine
This superbly written, gritty story centers around online editor Mary and the gradual train wreck she makes of her life... Sparse, taut prose makes Mary's situation springto life with frightening clarity..." --Sandy Amazeen, Monsters and Critics
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What I liked about this book: the fluidity. This IS a narcotic-fueled narrative. You are drawn to it, into it, and by it. You cannot fight the feeling of being propelled down a mine shaft. All around you, explosions, but you keep going deeper. You want to look away, shield your exhausted eyes, your fatigued brain. But you can't. You must see where this is going.
Even if you think the creeping suspicions you've had since page two will come to pass, you must learn more. You need to. Like Mary reaches for another bottle of wine, you lick your finger and turn the page. The truths about relationships, about romantic and sexual obsession and how they intertwine with things like lifestyle and chemical addiction are told so truthfully here. I suspected that I might not be reading true fiction here. Was I? The answer is still blurred to me now.
If not taken from the author's life, then surely taken from mine, from people I've seen on busses and train cars, at parties and such. The characters and situations are so vividly portrayed, I couldn't help but see people I knew in the pages. This is a darkly profound drawing of people -- of real people. And after reading this book, if not before, we definitely know them as exactly that: real people. Foibles and cares and problems, all of it. All too well.
A very haunting book...I read 30-40 books a month so it is rare that a book gets in and stays in my mind...this one has def. accomplished that. If this is the debut, I can't wait to see what comes next from this incredibly talented author!
On a very side note: The formatting of this book drove me nuts! This is not the fault of the author though. There were no page numbers and the page layout was weird!
This is a novel I read in 2 days...very unusual for me. I tend to read in snatches due to an overly busy life, unfortunately. But this one grabbed me by the short hairs from the first page, shook me hard to wake me up, and then simply would not let go. Some people read to escape reality. This novel plunges you in head first. It is one of the most real books I've ever read.
It's not the for the weak of heart or the closed mind. The book is entirely unvarnished in its truth telling, which is a large part of its beauty. I found myself reaching out to the lead character in my head saying, "Stop! Train wreck just ahead!" But she doesn't, and there is no clichéd happy ending where everything is patched up and the reader feels that all is good with the world in the end. It isn't, sometimes. You will palpably sense this existential reality if you read this book.
Some things are not pleasant to think about. But sometimes it is important to think about them, feel them, understand them at a deeper level. This is one of those times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This novel explores the perils of addiction, and is very addicting itself. Poor Mary. She is such a self-induced hot mess. I really liked her and had a lot of hope for her. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by UPGirlcd
Days after reading this, I still have mixed feelings about this book. I have a hard time deciding on my rating and if I "Liked" it or not. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by acorley84
A must read Book! for people that have loved ones that are struggling with addiction. what goes through the minds of those individuals and to what extent they will go just for 1... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by naomi jakins
I picked this book up and was excited to read it because of all the glowing reviews! The cover is really bad but the premise seemed promising. Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by Dierdra McGill
Have reviewed this on goodreads.com so see that but this is such an 80's novel with the protagonist for far too many pages, unaware of her fate. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by barnettanzac
Nina-Marie Gardner's Sherry & Narcotics is one extraordinary debut novel. The author's virtuosic storytelling achieves a tone at once passionate and detached, and the result is as... Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by Evie Seo
I just finished Nina-Marie Gardner's novel Sherry and Narcotics and have to say it's a wonderful, sad, dark story of love, desperation and alcoholic drinking. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by James Brown
A well written book that shows no matter how hard we try, we can be our own worst enemy. You can just see the main character spiralling down - down - down.. Very thought provokingPublished on June 19, 2011 by BookAHolique
Sherry and Narcotics (Nina-Marie Gardner)
This is the story of a young woman named Mary, an American who is living in England. Read more