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Milk Teeth

Milk Teeth

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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. She meets her (also unnamed) partner in London, follows him to Barcelona, but interspersed with the chronology of this are memories of her earlier life, growing up in the north east of England to a backdrop of diet culture and celebrity ‘heroin chic’, moving to London, then becoming a nanny in Paris, scraping an existence and skipping meals. throughout, aspects of class are highlighted and much of andrews' prose is deeply relatable and smarting. There’s a claustrophobia about the narrative effectively conveying her mental state, a self-absorption that accompanies her turmoil uncomfortably portrayed.

They see each other often: he loves to cook; she fights her constant struggle to eat freely and with appetite. The friendships were stupidly realistic, with drifting apart, with parties that make your eye twitch thinking about now, and with so much love and dependency. Themes of loneliness, belonging, identity and love - and how we're ultimately deserving of it - will both break and warm your heart.In the sticky Mediterranean heat, among tropical plants and secluded beaches, she must decide what form her adult life should take and learn how to feel deserving of love and care. I still haven’t got around to reading Jessica Andrews’ debut, Saltwater, leapfrogging over the copy on my TBR to read her new novel.

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. This confidence in her material - in placing centre stage a young, unnamed northern woman living a precarious existence but struggling to carve out more space for herself - makes her work reminiscent of Gwendoline Riley .

eventually, the two move to barcelona, where a fresh environment unlocks a new sense of buried fears, particularly regarding body image and food. Not to mention the bitter sense of nostalgia of growing up in the 90s and early noughties, in the shadows of ‘heroine chic’ bodies and Kate Moss’ “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. I want you to go and feel the sun split your skin, to move away from the yellowing bruise of your dad's death.

I know I am not supposed to put my need in you but it spills from my lips and bursts over your body, soaking you in want. 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.This is for those with teen angst, those in first-love relationships, those surfing along the honeymoon waves, and everyone stuck in suburban sensationalism thinking they know and feel everything after watching a single Youtube video essay on internet culture.

I am not the kind of person who lets myself curl up softly in the folds of someone else, but you took my mottled shell in your gentle fingers and I slid out, wanting. I personally find this kind of writing style incredibly clumsy, ugly and embarrassing, but I am sure this will appeal to many people.

I would rather sit down to eat and think with Jessica Andrews any day: Milk Teeth is a novel about holding space, and the hard work that it takes.

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