From the much acclaimed author of Mislaid and The Wallcreeper, a fierce and audaciously funny novel of families, both the ones we're born into and the ones we create - a story of obsession, idealism and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian late father's childhood home.

Recent business school graduate Penny Baker has rebelled against her family her whole life - by being the conventional one. Her mother, Amalia, was a member of a South American tribe called the Kogi; her much older father, Norm, long ago attained cultlike deity status among a certain cohort of ageing hippies while operating a psychedelic 'healing centre'. And she's never felt particularly close to her much older half brothers from Norm's previous marriage - one wickedly charming and obscenely rich (but mostly just wicked), one a photographer on a distant tropical island.

But all that changes when her father dies, and Penny inherits his childhood home in New Jersey. She goes to investigate the property and finds it not overgrown and abandoned but rather occupied by a group of friendly anarchist squatters whom she finds unexpectedly charming and who have renamed the property Nicotine.

The Nicotine residents (united in defence of smokers' rights) possess the type of passion and fervour Penny feels she's desperately lacking, and the other squatter houses in the neighbourhood provide a sense of community she has never felt before. She soon moves into a nearby residence, becoming enmeshed in the political fervour and commitment of her fellow squatters.

As the Baker family's lives begin to converge around the fate of the house now called Nicotine, Penny grows ever bolder and more desperate to protect it - and its residents - until a fateful night when a reckless confrontation between her old family and her new one changes everything.

Nell Zink exquisitely captures the clash between baby boomer idealism and millennial pragmatism, between the have-nots and want-mores, in a riotous yet tender novel that brilliantly encapsulates our time.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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September 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: Nicotine
Author(s): Nell Zink
ISBN: 0-00-817917-4 / 978-0-00-817917-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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October 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Nicotine: A Novel
Author(s): Nell Zink
ISBN: 0-06-244170-1 / 978-0-06-244170-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Nicotine
Author(s): Nell Zink
ISBN: 0-00-817921-2 / 978-0-00-817921-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Nicotine: A Novel
Author(s): Nell Zink
ISBN: 0-06-244171-X / 978-0-06-244171-3 (USA edition)
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October 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Nicotine: A Novel
Author(s): Nell Zink
ISBN: 0-06-249711-1 / 978-0-06-249711-6 (USA edition)
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October 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: Nicotine (Tpb Om)
Author(s): Nell Zink
ISBN: 0-00-817919-0 / 978-0-00-817919-9 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

October 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Nicotine: A Novel
Author(s): Nell Zink
ISBN: 1-4417-4124-0 / 978-1-4417-4124-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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October 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Nicotine: Library Edition
Author(s): Nell Zink
ISBN: 1-4417-4113-5 / 978-1-4417-4113-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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October 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Nicotine: A Novel
Author(s): Nell Zink
ISBN: 1-4417-4119-4 / 978-1-4417-4119-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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October 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Nicotine
Author(s): Nell Zink
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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October 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Nicotine
Author(s): Nell Zink
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October 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Nicotine: A Novel
Author(s): Nell Zink
Publisher: HarperAudio
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October 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Nicotine: A Novel
Author(s): Nell Zink
Publisher: HarperAudio
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October 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Nicotine
Author(s): Nell Zink
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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October 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Nicotine: A Novel
Author(s): Nell Zink
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