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Milk Teeth

Milk Teeth

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An intimate exploration of class, precarity, sex, power and, above all, of the fragility and exuberance of love.

The book is heavy with heartbreak, loneliness, want and desire, but there's plenty of love and positivity too. The plot is non-chronological, flipping between our unnamed protagonist's present and past relationships as she attempts to come to terms with her life expectations, wants and regrets, predominantly that she's not living up to her potential. We meet her late into this process, as she grapples with it during the development of a new relationship. Nor as the woman who relates to that sense of never being whole, never being enough, while wanting nothing more than to let someone else fill me up and decide where life goes next. i am beyond grateful to sceptre for sending me an advance copy of her equally as gorgeous, brutally honest and emotional follow-up.It made me glad to be alive, glad to be here after all we have witnessed and experienced since that January night in 2020.

written from a first-person perspective, andrews' use of the direct address, "you," symbolises a new leap in her work, as not only are we looking inward on the protagonist and her internal monologue, but we are also observing the people around her as the relationship progresses. I refuse to perpetuate the stereotype that all female written fiction is autobiographical – of course it isn’t. When a copy of Milk Teeth was in my postbox on Friday morning I honestly felt like I’d won the lottery and had to explain to my parents who were looking at me with rather great levels of concern what this book was and why I was so worked up over it.Where one sense of denial in a socio-economic context is foisted upon the protagonist, the answer is often controlling the only thing one can: one’s body. A girl grows up in the north of England amid scarcity, precarity and the toxic culture of heroin chic, believing that she needs to make herself smaller to claim presence in the world. She couldn’t tell me a huge amount about it then, saying only that it was about ‘hunger and denial, or desire and denial’, and that it was still in a state of flux, and so to say more would risk fixing that which was not yet fixed. Addressed in second person to the narrator's lover, the writing is gilded with a vulnerable immediacy, blisteringly honest and visceral. HOW MANY LAVENDER SUNSETS< BURNT CITRUS CLOUDS< AVOCADO BRUISED SEAS AND VIOLET SKIES MUST WE ENDURE?

on the surface, milk teeth is another novel that deploys the millennial concerns of miscommunication, toxicity and two people who simply do not belong together - yet andrews' take feels fresh, invited and magnetic. My body is a desperate animal, throbbing with constant need but perhaps I could learn to be unashamed of needing and wanting, to see it as living instead. One minute we’ll get a paragraph, replete with commas and sensory indulgence: ‘you pass me a glass thick with black wine, your skin slick with pepper and sweat, rimmed in the blue glow of the gas cooker. the key themes were body image and diet culture, sexuality, identity and coming to terms with who you are and what you want.

I still haven’t got around to reading Jessica Andrews’ debut, Saltwater, leapfrogging over the copy on my TBR to read her new novel. she ensures that sympathy and empathy are in equal abundance for both characters, who are as kind to each other as they can be cruel.

Comparing herself to the others she observes ‘the way they wanted so openly, without trying to hide it.The diet culture discussed was equally devastating and hilarious, and I urge any 90s babies to read for these parts alone. Andrews acutely honed in on the contradictory ways in which you can think (key part here being “think”) you are in control of your body, life, food etc. another book about a young woman in her 20s figuring life out and being self-destructive (do i read anything else? Milk Teeth follows an unnamed young woman, restless and unable to define quite what she wants from life, who falls in love with a man who seems to want her as much as she wants him. This is because, unlike her own, ‘their needs were thoughtless because they had the means to meet them.

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