Naming Painkillers is a debut collection of poems and short stories that explore modern dating culture, youth, womanhood, love, lust, and loss in New York and in the many cities of Europe. Both raw and entertaining, Naming Painkillers mixes internet and pop culture references like hashtags with allusions to 20th-century poetry.
The stories and poems move between present-day Brooklyn, the author's twenties in Helsinki, and travel back to her eclectic childhood touring in the circus in central Europe.
Naming Painkillers paints a vivid picture of characters and neuroses typical to New York, female insecurities, and the undoing of love affairs doomed by our own demons or timing.
Christine Göös is a New York -based writer who grew up touring in the circus in Central Europe. Drawing inspiration from her unique childhood and studies in western literature, Christine alludes to an eclectic mix of writers and creators from Neruda to Pavese, Girls, Emma Kline and The First Aid Kit. Her writing combines classical symbolism with mundane and often humorous pop culture and internet references.