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Zipper Mouth [Paperback]

Laurie Weeks

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17 Nov 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fireworks 24 Nov 2012
By georgie hopton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a heady, relentless journey through the drug-addled landscape of an unrequited love affair, perceived through the blood shot eyes of The Lover, an insatiable addict with a remarkably still intact, irrepressible sense of humour and a firework bright mind. It fizzes and pops and made me Ooh and Aagh - and Aaaaaaagh!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A non-linear novel about astonishing drug use and love - Sylvia Plath-inspired poetry, William Burroughs-drenched story-telling 6 Aug 2013
By H. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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"Zipper Mouth" is a wild ride of a book. Any number of times I wanted to read the overly long and complex sentences and the screwy paragraphs out loud to my friends. It veers from crazy episode to crazier event, and then manages to summarize itself before it zips off to another tangent. Weeks writes about drugs (some really dangerous drugs, maybe too many drugs, definitely too much speed), love, alcohol, outrageous nights out, movies, recovery, sleepless nights, buying a bagel, new girlfriends, stupid jobs, psychotic breaks, Sylvia Plath, girlfriend crushes, manic days, re-establishing yourself, and doing the laundry.

Near the end, Weeks mentions her break with linear time and the novel becomes clearer - if you haven't figured it out by then. Serious questions of identity are resolved and then lost again. Weeks is a poet and writes like she's on fire. It's often more poetry than novel, but - damn - it's hard to put down and, even though it's ultimately not completely satisfying, it's a thrilling trip to some remote place in NYC you've never been and then almost all the way back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like listening to your best friend's late night confessions and ramblings 3 Nov 2011
By A. Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
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This book made my heart race! It's a very quick read but it's incredible how much Laurie Weeks packs into it. It gave me the sensation of coming home with my best friend after a long night of partying and running around and listening to them ramble about what's going on in their life and talking about terrifying and hilarious experiences we've had. Zippermouth's narrator addresses you as only a best friend would and Weeks' writing is so strong you can't help but feel the connection. Some parts of this book made me well up with tears and others made me laugh out loud (twice on public transportation unfortunately). The style it's written in is adventurous in the best way and encompasses everything from stream-of-consiousness to bad teenage poetry. I really appreciate how it shows the long term effects of substance abuse in families and hints at the shortcomings of the mental health system in the US.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant... 21 Feb 2012
By Jean S. (New York) - Published on Amazon.com
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I cannot say enough about the brilliance to be found within and amidst the pages of Zippermouth... It has all the heartwrenching pathos of Sylvia Plath, the palpability and visceral feel of Ernest Hemingway (you almost forget you're reading a book), and the sheer exuberance and humor of Kurt Vonnegut, all rolled into one conglomerate package. Laurie Weeks achieves the impossible in this novel - she manages to describe both the physical and metaphysical experience of life in one seamless blend - without even trying...and so subtly, that you almost miss it if you don't pay enough attention (which I highly recommend that you do). It gave me that rare feeling you get when an inanimate thing takes on a life of its own, and I can't wait for the next creation from this brillant writer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 16 Sep 2013
By sparrowmag - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great read! Laurie Weeks really captured the logic of the addicted mind in this hilarious, heartfelt novel. It grabbed me on the first page, made me giggle and made me feel, and didn't let me go until the very end. I can't recommend it enough!
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