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Sherry and Narcotics

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Kindle edition on sale at Amazon $2.99 The critically acclaimed debut by Nina-Marie Gardner. "Gardner captures like no other the buildup of chemistry between a man and a woman..." 3AM Magazine
"Enter the book we couldn't put down, one which kept us riveted..." MARIE CLAIRE
"Mary is in a very fragile place after the death of her fat
Paperback, 216 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Future Fiction London (first published March 7th 2011)
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i am going to preface this review by saying that i own about a billion books. and i have limited time, both in my day-to-day, and in my lifespan. i don't have a disease or anything, but let's face facts: mortality is a real thing.


i am always trying to tear through books, so i can at least make a dent in the piles and teetering stacks of books that already exist here. so when authors slip into my inbox with their promises of reviewer copies and pdfs of their books, i generally t
Never no mind what this book is about. The gory details represent a subset of a tale told a thousand times, and lessons never learned.

Say you are a woman. And you happen to get yourself a man. He is dead hot, charming, witty, handsome, educated, polite and sensitive. For extra bonus points add employed and leaves the toilet seat down.

But. All is not well in the Kingdom of Denmark. Prince Charming is weak, indecisive, emotionally needy and always on a bender.

‘But I’ll change’, says he.

Have you ever been in a situation where you are seeing a very slow motion "train wreck" and you want to yell out to a person and warn them about the impending "doom"? That is Sherry and Narcotics. Gardner has nailed it. She has methodically set out in writing this book that one just thinks it is the story of a woman living and dating in the UK..Under the surface, you can feel the destruction, both physical and mental, very slowly coming to Mary and the path she is chosing to take in her relation ...more
Jason McIntyre
You read it and you think, just maybe, everyone will get exactly what they deserve: happiness, love, and the ever-after they all crave. But they are human after all, and they sabotage themselves as only humans can do. The people are scary in their self-denial, they do damage to everything around them, just like you might. Or your neighbours, or your co-workers, or your long lost niece. And, sadly, the dogs in this story can't seem to get away from the very human behaviour either.

What I liked ab
so, i woke up at midnight and finished this at 5am, then a short nap before work. you gotta respect a woman (or be warned one) who can drink 2 bottles of red in the morning then be up for a date at the pub and clubbing later maybe even.
mary is a usaer living and working in london (she was in grad school but not just working) but is attracted to a man (via myspace pic and his "coy" text to her) in manchester and decides to move up there, so she does. gets her own apartment, bankrolls her "boyfri
Sherry and Narcotics

This is the story of a young woman named Mary, an American who is living in England. There she meets a young man (on-line) named Jake. They begin a relationship. In the beginning it is primarily through email and text messages. We watch Mary struggle with her personal demons, as she recklessly embarks on a relationship with a man she knows little about.

Jake has 'issues' himself. He not only drinks to excess, but he is hiding the truth from Mary. Mary also is consumed b
Rob the Obscure
The cover notes call the novel "devastating" and "honest". That's the head of the nail.

This is a novel I read in 2 days...very unusual for me. I tend to read in snatches due to an overly busy life, unfortunately. But this one grabbed me from the first page.

It's not the for the weak of heart or the closed mind. The book is entirely unvarnished in its truth telling, which is a large part of its beauty. I found myself reaching out to the lead character in my head saying, "Stop! Train wreck just ah
J Driscoll
I was very excited to receive an advanced copy of Sherry and Narcotics, and, as a testament to the quick-paced candor of the book, I will admit I read it in just two days. Nina-Marie Gardner exposes the deep loneliness and desperate insanity of addiction in a way that's totally relatable. I laughed and my heart hurt at the same time. The narrator's voice is sweet, snarky, self-depricating and bumblingly honest. And, while it's easy to read at breakneck speed, the novel rides a razor's edge of da ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Mary is an American girl living in England. She edits student essays as a job for people trying to get into universitys .She meets an English man Jake online through My Space, at first its just emails . Back and Forth than they decide to meet. Mary travels to Manchester to meet Jake,he is an actor / poet, Mary wants to write plays. We watch Mary through out the story struggle with her drinking problem, and her relationship with Jake.On so many levels this story really touched me. at times i felt ...more
Justine James
Disturbing, brave and haunting. But also supremely entertaining, wicked & perverse.
Sandra Shwayder
As the mother of women roughly the same age as the protagonist Mary, I found this novel both a compelling and a heartrending read. It opens with graphic narrative scenes of Mary, drunk and drugged, participating in sexual acts with random partners. Later there is a flashback to an actual rape and beating. Throughout I wondered what was the childhood history that propelled this young woman to put herself in such danger.

The novel soon moves into a pattern of dialogue carried on via emails and tex
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Nina-Marie Gardner is a puff of exhilarating smoke that rises out of the pages of her first novel (yes, her first!) SHERRY AND NARCOTICS. She hails from Massachusetts (Marblehead to be exact) and has tiptoed through many jobs and experiences including acting that most assuredly gave her exposure to the flotsam and jetsam that inform her created characters. In an interview she was quoted as saying 'I am most interested in wr
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Nina-Marie Gardner’s Sherry & Narcotics is one extraordinary debut novel. The author’s virtuosic storytelling achieves a tone at once passionate and detached, and the result is as curious as it is convincing. The hypnotic narrative captivates the reader from the first sentence to the last paragraph of this beautifully written novel. It is breathtaking, intense and nerve-wracking. You might want to hold onto your seats.

Mary Cartwright is a young playwrigh
Let's start with the title: Sherry & Narcotics. Catchy, memorable. Sounds like the title of a Best Album by a New Artist Grammy award winner. The words written on the pages themselves inside the book aren't catchy, but they're certainly memorable.
Mary Cartwright, the protagonist, is a struggling young playwright from the States who, shortly after a stint in rehab and her father's death, moves to England. There, thanks to the Internet, she supports herself by helping non-native English spe
Sherry and Narcotics was a bullet train that drove Gardner's narration from its pages straight into my heart. I read a third of it late last night and this morning I stayed in bed until I was done. Didn't budge; what a treat. This is neither a timid nor a sentimental author. Nina Marie Gardner goes straight for the jugular from page one and doesn't let go until the very end. The tension continuously ebbs and surges keeping the reader wishing and pulling for the main character, always unsure of h ...more
What I Can Tell You:
I received an advanced reading copy of this book and finished this book this morning! Watching Mary, the main character was heartbreaking. Watching her make mistake after mistake in life and love was hard to read. It was like watching a train wreck, you want to look away but can't. Mary is an editor who likes to party sometimes to excess. She spends 3 weeks corresponding with Jake by email/txt when she runs out to meet him getting an apartment nearby, waiting on his every em
Kerry-Ann McDade
As soon as I turned the last page of Sherry & Narcotics I could feel a tiny little piece of heart breaking of. This book had taught me so much and I have loved reading and every page. I gathered my thoughts on what I thought of it before emailing Nina or I would have emailed gobbledy-gook. It's amazing and brilliant and I just couldn't get enough of it. I really have no words to describe how much I loved it. I just hope people read my review and purchase a copy of this Sherry & Narcotics ...more
Alice Roche
At first this book might sound like a tough sell- who wants to take an excruciating train-wreck ride cooped up with a self-destructive alcoholic on an extended relapse? Not only that, but it doesn't tie up neatly into a pat 'happy' ending- nor is it even clear after the harrowing climax the protagonist Mary will maintain her grip on the high road... But does it matter?

Sherry & Narcotics is a gripping read. It's narcissistic, claustrophobic, addictive, savage, funny, original and brave. It i
Rhonda Rae Baker
I really wanted to like this novel, especially because of the reviews. It was extremely difficult to get past the formatting so the author's voice could speak to me but ultimately, I couldn't do it. After plodding through it, there seemed to be more to the story but honestly I fell off the track and can't say too much.

Read the other reviews to hear what this story was about but be forewarned that this is not an easy read. Usually I can relate to dark tales because I've experienced much in my ow
Dierdra Byrd
I picked this book up and was excited to read it because of all the glowing reviews! The cover is really bad but the premise seemed promising. I have to say tho that this is one of the most boring books I have ever read. (Yes I somehow finished it and it never got better)
I hated, hated the writing style in third person made no sense at first person would have made it at least a bit more bearable. The author jumps around so much in time lines, back and forth with no indication where it ends or be
This book deals with some very dark subject matters, but it does so in a compelling way. I was hooked from the first page and even now I feel like I have to take some time to really reflect on what I've read. It was a bit haunting, but so real. I felt like I was really there and I wanted to shake some sense into the characters. It was a very well-written book and I'm happy to have read it.

The only problems with the book were things that were most likely no fault of the author, but of the publish
This book was dark and bizarre at times! But it hooked me right from the start and never let go. It was like driving past a bad accident on the highway with white sheets on the ground. You know it is going to be bad, but you can't help but look! I read this in one afternoon and couldn't stop reading because I HAD to know what happened to the two main characters and their destructive ways! Great book Nina-Marie!! Can't wait to read more!!! The only thing I didn't like about this book was the fact ...more
Laura Gardner
First of all, a disclosure: this was written by my sister-in-law. I LOVED it, though. Mary is living in England working an online editing job and partying way too much when she starts a torrid romance with a Brit and almost completely loses herself in the process. It will be painfully obvious to the reader the whole way through that Mary is headed for a huge train wreck, but you'll read it anyway. I finished this in less than 24 hours and was late to work because of it. :)
Rick F.
Jun 03, 2011 Rick F. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Sherry and Narcotics is a masterfully written novel about the struggle to combat one's inner demons- the writing is so well done and insightful that the reader finds themselves immediately engrossed in this slice of life tale. Many notches above your average novel, Sherry and Narcotics is a book that once read- will never be forgotten.
Rick Friedman
Cheryl, The Book Contessa
This novel explores the perils of addiction, and is very addicting itself. Poor Mary. She is such a self-induced hot mess. I really liked her and had a lot of hope for her. She battles so many things in this book--wanting love, wanting to bury pain from personal loss, wanting success, stability,and maybe even normality. The problem is, she wants the bottle more! When she doesn't have resolution to the fulfillment in these areas, she seeks to numb herself with booze. Mary meets a co-dependent so ...more
Charlotte Bloggirl
I received an advance review copy and finished the book last night (stayed up in a page-flipping frenzy) and it was amazing! Suspense, surprise, unforgettable characters and a quiet ending, which could be interpreted many different ways. There are no apologies and it never relents - we are like hostages on Mary's hurtling train wreck ride. Filled with undeniable truths, and a narrator who doesn't let on what he/she thinks of Mary. Subjects drop out of sentences in a poetic short-hand, adding urg ...more
James Brown
Jul 25, 2011 James Brown rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Readers
Recommended to James by: Personal Recommendation
I just finished Nina-Marie Gardner's novel Sherry and Narcotics and have to say it's a wonderful, sad, dark story of love, desperation and alcoholic drinking. It's cleanly written, stripped of pretense, and I found myself alternating rooting for Mary, the protagonist, and growing angry with her for not seeing through Jake's emotional games. But that's exactly what Nina-Marie Gardner, I believe, is after: the portrait of a woman who wants desperately to love and be loved, and whose vision of such ...more
I am thankful that I read this book in a day. The lonliness, and sadness that enveloped me during my time spent with this book was overwhelming. It was like watching a trainwreck. The main character Mary, just keeps sinking further and further into disaster of her own making. I LOVED how it ended! The ending make the book perfect for me. No spoilers here, but I thought it was the perfect and only way her story could end. This is a very interesting book, and quite the page turner, but I don't rec ...more
Sally Pearce
I really tried to get into this one after all the good reviews, but I just couldn't. Life is too short and there are too many books I want to read to force myself to read one written in emails and texts by two really sick people who really don't even know each other. Both are addicts and alcoholics and don't have any reason to exist that I could find.

Just not for me.
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Nina-Marie Gardner was born in New York City. Her debut novel Sherry & Narcotics was published in May 2011 (Future Fiction London) and her second novel, I'm Not This Girl will be published March 2012. Her fiction has been published in 3AM Magazine and the anthologies Bedford Square and 3AM London, New York, Paris. A graduate of Yale University and the creative writing program at the University ...more
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