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Laurie Weeks has been a superstar in the New York downtown writing world since the 1990s. Her fiction and other writings have been published in The Baffler, Vice, Nest, Index, LA Weekly, and Semiotext(e)'s The New Fuck You.

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Zipper Mouth

Laurie Weeks

In this extraordinary debut novel, Laurie Weeks captures the freedom and longing of life on the edge in New York City. Ranting letters to Judy Davis and Sylvia Plath, an unrequited fixation on a straight best friend, exalted nightclub epiphanies, devastating morning-after hangovers—ZIPPER MOUTH chronicles the exuberance and mortification of a junkie, and transcends the chaos of everyday life.

"Laurie Weeks's Zipper Mouth is a short tome of infinitesimal reach, a tiny star to light the land."

—Eileen Myles, author of Inferno

"Zipper Mouth is a brilliant rabbit hole of pitch-black hilarity, undead obsession, the horror of the everyday, and drug, drugs, drugs."

—Michelle Tea, co-founder of Sister Spit

"Brash, exuberant…recalls Naked Lunch and imparts a fresh, lyrical sympathy…Dreamy, impressionistic, and rapturous…an ecstatic love story.”

Publishers Weekly

"Embarrassment, fear of rejection and all its associated paralysis consume our protagonist whilst the liberating effects of hedonism affect the story by degrees. The result is a beautiful telling of psychosis (drug-induced and otherwise) that is painfully honest and depressingly funny. Another good book for anyone keen to laugh at the tragedy of existence (who isn’t?) and to savour the talents of a bright, new literary force."

—Nathalie Olah, AnOther Magazine

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