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Milk Teeth

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But sadly it isn't a true moment of self awareness; Andrews continues to use her creative writing powers for evil, referring to the love interest in the second person like the whole novel is a self-conscious creative writing exercise that got out of hand. You can hear the sounds of the various city environments; you can feel the somehow simultaneous discomfort and ecstasy of being embodied; most of all, the descriptions of food are so palpable as to be some of the standout linguistic passages. I would've definitely appreciated this when I was younger, but there's still a small part of my soft-grunge early internet self that appreciates works of art like this, style over substance, early Sofia Coppola films that erect emotions out of the mundane. Milk Teeth moves between London and Barcelona, with segments also set in the North of England and Paris, following an unnamed narrator as she embarks on a new relationship, and grapples with her inhibitions and the parameters, real or perceived, that her upbringing and life experiences have imposed upon her.

andrew's has achieved the impossible - matching an incredible debut with the same energy, candidness and beauty that beguiled audiences in the first place. And her - much like she does her friends and the man she is enraptured by - pushing us a safe distance away. Across its blissfully sprawling passages detailing scenes from different cities, what anchors the novel is its exploration of how hunger, class, desire and gender are interlaced .It possesses a heightened sensuality which reflects the protagonist's aspiration to live fiercely, "like lightning" - free of restraint . They meet again, go dancing and spend the night together sparking a passion that consumes them both.

It's immediate and ultra-sensual and has the emotional pitch and intensity of the best gig you've ever been to. Milk Teeth is the transporting, visceral novel that resulted from that time, and hunger/desire/denial are the words that, were you asked to distill its essence into just three, would still accurately capture its main themes. What Andrews does with Milk Teeth, as she does in Saltwater too, is give us a protagonist who is clearly from a region, the north east, the same region that Andrews herself is from, and make that very real. I thought I had chosen London as the place where I would make my own life, but its edges were sharp and cruel and I got caught on them, bloodying my ankles and wrists. What will become of her independence if she chooses to stay with this man who is establishing a life for himself?

Through a mosaic of memory and nostalgia, we observe as our unarmed protagonist navigates both her past and present. She’s meandered from job to job, much like a down to earth version of Plath’s fig tree, charading a lifestyle beyond her means in various settings. A tale of a girl who has never known an excess of goodness, through mouth-watering food descriptions and bold snapshots of cities in Europe, she begins to learn that there is space for her to be loved, by others, but fundamentally by herself. Their relationship takes her from London to Barcelona and the precipice of a new life, full of sensuality. Milk Teeth explores what happens when the protagonist presses up against those norms, begins to dismantle all her learned behaviours, all her shame, and begins the process of articulating her desires.

She fluctuates between a frenetic tasting of the world around her and a consequential clenching of the jaw. So, when Milk Teeth arrived I quickly polished off what I was reading so I could jump straight into it and waste no time. 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.Not to entirely bash the book, in its late Lana Del Rey tendresse, I think the themes of language, voice, and how trapped they are in the body are compelling. 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. As Helen Gremillion has noted, anorexia nervosa has ‘been described almost exclusively as a white, middle-class phenomenon’ despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

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