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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Novel Explores Drug and Sex Addiction and Recovery in 1970s New York
Contact: Jonathan Penton
firstname.lastname@example.org, (337) 207-8713
email@example.com, (212) 712-9865
Lifelong New Yorker Larissa Shmailo presents the novel Patient Women
(BlazeVOX [books], 2015). Patient Women focuses on the tragedies,
misadventures, and growth of one Nora Nader, born of Queens and darling
of the New York disco scene. As the Era of Rock unravels, we follow Nora
through her experiences as a runaway, low-dollar and high-class
prostitute, party girl, and working stiff, into her story of
self-awareness and addiction recovery as she “finds herself capable of
both physical and spiritual ascent.” (K.R. Copeland, Midwest Book
At twelve years old, Nora leaves her Holocaust-survivor
parents and explores the worst that New York has to offer. From there,
we follow her through mental hospitals, alcoholism, and the accidental
drowning of her husband on their honeymoon. We meet her fellow
prostitutes and travel with them as they attempt to move to other
careers. We bear witness to Nora’s tepid experiences in psychotherapy
and her extraordinary relationship with her transgender AA sponsor. We
go with her as she returns to Queens to learn about her parents’ ordeal
in the camps and also recovers her own suppressed memories of childhood
sexual abuse. Through Nora, we track the spiral of history, and how
individual New Yorkers experience the underside of the 1970s—both its
horrors and the redemption that could be found there.
reveals its author’s background as an accomplished poet and translator,
and has been praised for balancing divergent literary styles while
remaining an accessible page-turner. Second-generation Holocaust
survivors, recovering addicts, and those experiencing mental illness
will recognize their own stories in Patient Women, and find an
insightful, well-written mirror that allows them to explore and
articulate both their struggles and their triumphs.
Patient Women is
a useful tool for individuals and groups studying the disco era and the
AIDS crisis of New York in the 1970s and 80s. With its frank and
thorough analysis of bipolar disorder and mental illness, psychiatric
hospitalization, addiction, recovery, and incestual child abuse, it is
of interest to therapists, therapy groups, and reading groups with an
interest in recovery issues.
Larissa Shmailo is a poet, novelist,
editor, and critic living in New York. Her translations from Russian
include the iconic avant-garde opera Victory over the Sun. Ms. Shmailo
is available for booking at (212) 712-9865.
More information can be found at www.LarissaShmailo.com, including the Electronic Press Kit for Ms. Shmailo and Patient Women (with high-resolution photos) at www.larissashmailo.com/…/larissa_shmailo_electronic_press_k…. Patient Women is available for purchase through Amazon, and at on-line and physical bookstores.
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