Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover
by Mila Jaroniec
publication date: November 15, 2016
Through flashbacks, photographs, confessions and letters, we discover our narrator—as queer sex store worker, suicide survivor, isolated lover, immigrant’s daughter, deliberate alcoholic and artistic failure. She cycles through images, obsessions and memories, as she tries to glue together the unhinged parts of herself, both in the physical world and the one in her mind. She recalls Sloan, the girlfriend-who-got-away; Mischa, her heartbroken best friend and co-conspirator; and her elusive older brother whose absence continues to shape her life. With razor-sharp imagery, the fractured story of our narrator comes to life: A young woman at an emotional crossroads embarking on a journey to her future. Or is she falling into her past? In New York’s City’s bars, bedrooms, and elsewhere, Jaroniec evokes the lives of queer underground angels, their deep friendships, their passions and their struggles.
Praise for Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover:
"This is a book that wasn't just typed, but carved into a mirror with a razor blade. An adventure of errors through a maze where the walls move and the floor does too, Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover pulses with vivid neon light; if Joan Didion and Courtney Love had to band together to save the world from itself on a Saturday night. Mila Jaroniec is part leader of a punk rock cult, part soothsayer of substance abuse, part art slick angel, all genius."
—Bud Smith, author of Teenager
"A razor-sharp meditation on loneliness in sex, under capitalism, in the face of mortality, even in the arms of those we claim to love. Not literature, philosophy, alcohol, or commodities fill the hole, and Jaroniec's triumph is that she doesn't cop to any easy solutions."
—Sarah Gerard, author of True Love and Sunshine State
"A lovely, gritty whirlwind tour of New York City’s queer woman scene, perfectly painted as I remember it. Mila’s writing is so colorful and beautifully present, dancing through an addiction memoir that is anything but preachy."
— Gaby Dunn, creator of YouTube's Just Between Us
"Mila Jaroniec writes with a seer's wisdom and a poet's touch. Emotions are evoked in language both lovely and dangerous. I love the honesty and the beauty."
—Darcey Steinke, author of Sister Golden Hair
"An ode to frenzied love, substance abuse, and the jagged side of NYC with unflinching tenderness for the dissolution and grunge of New York City, and the broken down people who inhabit it.”
—Liz von Klemperer, Electric Lit
Mila Jaroniec is a Polish-American writer. She is the author of the novel Plastic Vodka Bottle Sleepover (Split Lip Press) and her work has appeared in Playgirl, Playboy, Joyland, Southwest Review, PANK, The Millions, NYLON and Teen Vogue, among others. She earned her MFA from The New School and teaches writing at Catapult.