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@Read Epub Å Nicotine Õ From the much acclaimed author of Mislaid and The Wallcreeper, a fierce and audaciously funny novel of families both the ones we re born into and the ones we create a story of obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian late father s childhood home She wills her body to be equally wraithlike Not sodden, not heavy, not dead, but filled with crackling, electric life, like a stale Marlboro on fire Unemployed business major, Penny, has rebelled against her family her whole life by being the conventional one Her mother was a member of a South American tribe her father was a Jewish Shamanist with a psychedelic healing centre But everything changes when her father dies and Penny inherits his childhood home Left weightless and unmoored after being the only member of her family with time for her dying father, Penny then finds his property occupied by a group of squatters, united in defence of smokers rights and herself unexpectedly besotted with them, particularly Rob, the hot bicycle and tobacco activistTotally addictive and dangerously good, Nicotine is a fiercely funny novel in which passion is politics and nonviolence is the opposite of surrender Well I was a bit conflicted with this one, and I needed to take a couple days to process my feeling about it I feel like I am the intended audience of this, being young and having squatted and taken part of the squat culture I feel like this book was definitely watered down from the real eccentrics that live in squats Our main character Penny comes from money, and isn t really an activist but gets a room at a house anyway She ends up working a bank while still squatting That is just a Well I was a bit conflicted with this one, and I needed to take a couple days to process my feeling about it I feel like I am the intended audience of this, being young and having squatted and taken part of the squat culture I feel like this book was definitely watered down from the real eccentrics that live in squats Our main character Penny comes from money, and isn t really an activist but gets a room at a house anyway She ends up working a bank while still squatting That is just a big sack of no This would never happen Home girl is doing COMMODITIES TRADING FOR A BANK, they are not going to let you squat The author seemed a bit out of touch in terms to that Everyone was pretty yuppie, and that just isn t true for most squats They are a lot dirtier, grimier, and convicted They backed out of an action because they were intimidated because of someone s parents These are squats that are supposed to be for ACTIVISTS, and are assumingly prepared to go to PRISON So watered down Another annoying this is Zink wrote the story assuming Hillary won the election, and Trump was just a haha candidate Well sugar, she didn t, and you re fluffy ass radicals don t make sense in a Trump era any so good job When I was reading this book I was fluctuating from 3 stars, but theI read, theshallow the characters became and I had a hard time caring about them, and their narcissism is just painful The abusive relationship that ruins a squat, yet is the close of the book Get me out of here Oh And we have a main character who is supposed to be asexual, but it turns out that he is just self conscious because he has a small penis GIVE ME A BREAK Really, really hard to overlook This novel had a chance at being good, and the plot was over all interesting and engaging, but the characters are terrible, unreliable, unpractical squatters, and the activism is so lackluster Maybe this pseudo liberal bullshit could have passed if Hilary would have won, and we could have continued living in our bubble, but shit just got real post November 8th and we don t have room for fake activists characters in fiction literature when the world around just got a bitdire 2 stars It s not her gender that s underrepresented It s her species Like a dog at a party for birds, or a hip hopper at a party for Pagan bisexuals.that quote sums up my reaction to this book in a nutshell i m a dog at this bird party, not understanding why everyone s have a good time i don t necessarily need to relate to characters in order to enjoy a book to see myself represented, but i do need them to interest me and none of these characters interested me in the least either as individuals, It s not her gender that s underrepresented It s her species Like a dog at a party for birds, or a hip hopper at a party for Pagan bisexuals.that quote sums up my reaction to this book in a nutshell i m a dog at this bird party, not understanding why everyone s have a good time i don t necessarily need to relate to characters in order to enjoy a book to see myself represented, but i do need them to interest me and none of these characters interested me in the least either as individuals, or when they are broken down into their affiliated groups hippie healers shamans with their psychotropic drugs and nudity, capitalistic children of those hippies, consumed with laying claim to things money, people, real estate, the right to success, pompous millennial squatters with their causes and rigorous commitment to representing every niche group conceivable i just didn t get this book in a way, this reminded me a lot of Purity there s the obvious similarity in the plot of a young millennial y woman making her way in the world with her fairly aimless idealism, squatting with people who see themselves as effecting important social changes, drifting into different beds, and many instances of women who are otherwise self assured and successful being drawn to douchebag men who treat them like shit and like Purity, there were scenes that made me feel icky grown man interrupted mid coitus by a naked 12 year old girl that leads to anger salted playful nude wrestling, the removal of a young kogi girl from her poverty by a white man 40 years her senior who later marries her, the single minded attempts to seduce a man claiming to be asexual that get into rape y territory view spoiler and the fact that he s not actually asexual, just in poor health, is also kind of icky, in that see, you can change your sexuality by making better decisions way hide spoiler but while i didn t like Purity, i at least understood what it was trying to say as a book with this one, i think i missed the point i m not even sure if this is supposed to be funny or in earnest or what to me, all the characters were annoying, and seemed like caricatures inviting the readers scorn, but maybe it s just me finding millennials exhausting.She has curly magenta hair and wears a forties style bathing suit of plum colored cotton gabardine with fishnet stockings and Chuck Taylors She looks ageless and possibly about thirty five My parents wanted me to finish high school and I was like fuck you It s indoctrination So I ran away That s part of why I m committed to indigenous peoples right to self determination Nobody should have their way of life dictated to them I joined the Navy when I was seventeen, Rufus says That s when I started learning about oppression Cool, Penny says approvingly.to me, that s the epitome of a millennial garbage mind an adolescent fuck you philosophy that views education with suspicion but feels qualified to speak for others on what should be valued a privileged subset of humanity rejecting their privilege to pay lip service to causes affecting the disenfranchised, who would probably really appreciate that education so casually tossed away peter pan grown ups dressing like teenagers but maybe that s just me the tone is slippery i m not sure if we are supposed to be rooting for any of these people at all it s not sharp enough to be a biting satire of all of these different kinds of characters, but it isn t going out of its way to make them sympathetic, either the tone and the plot are both wispy nothing really happens, and when it does, the causation is unformed people fall in love obsession with no basis for it, they come and go and leave town and start businesses, and it seems arbitrary and motiveless which would be fine if it was just the millennial characters, who are kind of defined by their shallow chameleoning and youth and struggles with attention spans, but it s not everyone s fairly impulsive and the results are frequently neither tragic nor comic, they re just flat i ll probably be in the minority here with this, since nell zink is one of those authors all the cool kids like, but i just didn t have any reaction to this book at all, really which is rare, indeed.come to my blog Maybe women go for your dick because your mouth is full of tobacco..I kinda wonder about a female author who grew up in rural Virginia now lives near Berlin, Germany.and writes sentences like the above excerpt.This is my first experience reading Nell Zink The New York Times review was given to me by a friend when I was gifted this hardcopy book Much of their review I completely agree with But my first thoughts about this book was why in the hell would I read this I don t smoke Maybe women go for your dick because your mouth is full of tobacco..I kinda wonder about a female author who grew up in rural Virginia now lives near Berlin, Germany.and writes sentences like the above excerpt.This is my first experience reading Nell Zink The New York Times review was given to me by a friend when I was gifted this hardcopy book Much of their review I completely agree with But my first thoughts about this book was why in the hell would I read this I don t smoke I think the book cover is kinda cool but really Nicotine Here s a part of what the New York Times wrote I agree and couldn t say it better if I tried Nell Zink is a deadpan comedian, her sentences funny yet plump with existential dread Her new one is called Nicotine , and like her previous books, it s a mess anarchic in its plot machinations, scrambled in its themes, mostly shallow in its emotions You want her novels to be so much finer than they are They re like meals someone fussed over but forgot to put in the oven I haven t read previous books but agree that this book is a mess BUT I ALSO agree with this next part of the New York Times The strange thing is that you re never tempted to put Ms Zink s novels aside They contain so much backspin and topspin that you re alert by the leaping motion So plot doesn t seem to be especially important in this novel It s shallow it s funny it s sexy and Nell Zink is talented in an odd way So here is a littleabout this story Yes haha there is a story Penny Baker is the most conventional member of her weird family Their lifestyle was chewing coca That s all they did munched it like goats but that was just the men Women cooked and cleaned between totemic clans That s when Penny s mother blew out of there When her mother, Amalia, met her dad, a Jewish shamanistic ,he was working on building up his clinic for indigenous herbal therapies in Manaus, in Brazil on theWith her dad s jungle vine, people would trip their brains out heals nothing but would puke like there was no tomorrow Basically he was jump starting people s immune system called ayahuasca He would purge people much like chemo Her dad s specialty was cancer patients Penny s parents met in Cartagena Her mother made it from the Kogi countryfrom the coast, and her dad found her mother taking care of pigs at the dump.Amalia was only 13 years old at the time about the same age as Penny s brother Patrick The father much older took Penny s mother in because she was homeless Amalia then fell in love with her dad, and her dad made Amalia wait five years which pissed her off perhaps a little like Soon Yi Previn By the time Penny is born, skipping ahead about 20 years , the family is living hippie style in a commune on the Hudson River The year is present day 2016 When Penny s father, Norm, dies at age 85, he died a slow death and it was Penny that was at his side daily , she is unemployedand unmoored by his deathshe decides to move into his childhood home in New Jersey and fix it up To her surprise a group of friendly anarchist squatters are living in the home which they have named Nicotine united in defense of smokers rights People walk around fucked up on illegal drugs, on prescription drugs, on anything they want nobody cares But smoke a cigarette, and you re on everybody s shit list You re a baby killer Same baby who second on a nipple full of phthalates, eatingantibiotic chicken, breathing PCB s, playing in dirt made of tetraethyl lead and drinking straight vodka while it rides a fucking skateboard when that baby dies at age 86 instead of 90, it s going to be because you lit a cigarette in a public park OUCH Point is the smokers are sick and tired of being ostracized for smoking There are characters who believe in second hand smoke as a hazard to ones health but they are closet smokers Penny doesn t have the heart to kick the smoking residence out of her dads house She moves into a nearby residence and then becomes involved with the smoking community at the Nicotine house The rest of her family her mother and half brother want to evict the squatters The way this story comes to and end a surprise is very satisfying.The characters and dialogue are what kept me reading this book Penny falls for Rob the asexual man who lives in the house..Matt her older half brother designs garbage trucks.Smoking jokes, sex, crass, and quirky.This is a social satire which was actuallywacky enjoyable than I thought it was going to be She wills her body to be equally wraithlike Not sodden, not heavy, not dead, but filled with crackling, electric life, like a stale Marlboro on fire Nell Zink s Nicotine is a social satire on a grand scale It invokes and satirizes the philosophies of shamanism, pragmatism, and anarchy It begins with Amalia at age 13 being adopted by Norm from a garbage heap in Cartagena, Columbia From there, the novel flash forwards to Amalia s daughter, Penny, at age 12 at her father s psychadelic hea She wills her body to be equally wraithlike Not sodden, not heavy, not dead, but filled with crackling, electric life, like a stale Marlboro on fire Nell Zink s Nicotine is a social satire on a grand scale It invokes and satirizes the philosophies of shamanism, pragmatism, and anarchy It begins with Amalia at age 13 being adopted by Norm from a garbage heap in Cartagena, Columbia From there, the novel flash forwards to Amalia s daughter, Penny, at age 12 at her father s psychadelic healing center Her mother is now married to Norm and Penny has two older half brothers, who happen to be older than her mother.When Penny s father falls ill and is on hospice, Penny is the primary caregiver It is said by many of the Shamanist followers at the funeral services that Penny always had that spiritual connection like Norm.Upon her father s death, Penny, now in her 20s a recent business school grad thinks she will take over his childhood home which is inhabited by squatters, anarchists that are united by their love of nicotine Hence, the the name Nicotine for the house they have squatted There are many houses in this area of New Jersey being squatted by millennials Penny falls in love with one of the squatters, who happens to be asexual, and decides to live amongst them Her brother, Matt, decides he will kick out the squatters and he, too, falls in love with one of the squatters.Amalia Penny s mother initially declares her love for Matt Penny s half brother which is not returned However, this brings up questions as to what happened between them when they were younger Could Matt be Penny s father Amalia, too, goes to try to kick out the squatters, and falls in love with one of them.Matt is a huge sociopath and gets what he deserves when he lands in a huge amount of shit Everyone and everything gets confused and turned on its head Nicotine becomes the Norman Baker Center bringing together the Norman Baker followers and millennials alike.This one was tough for me to connect to I appreciated the social satire and the brilliance of the author, but honestly did not feel too much for the characters It felt like all of the ideas were thrown together in a slurry and the result was interesting and at times amusing, but just did not seem as polished as it could have been.Thank you to net galley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.For discussion questions, please see