Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
Fiction. Winner of the 6th Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, chosen by Ben Marcus. In this darkly hilarious debut collection, misfit women and girls in every strata of society are investigated through various ill-fated jobs. One is the main course of dinner, another the porn star... show more
Fiction. Winner of the 6th Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, chosen by Ben Marcus. In this darkly hilarious debut collection, misfit women and girls in every strata of society are investigated through various ill-fated jobs. One is the main course of dinner, another the porn star contracted to copulate in space for a reality TV show. They become futuristic ant farms, get knocked up by the star high school quarterback and have secret abortions, use parakeets to reverse amputations, make love to garden gnomes, go into air conditioning ducts to confront their mother's ghost, and do so in settings that range from Hell to the local white-supremacist bowling alley. These fine stories, anthropologically thorough in their view of the contemporary person, illuminate how people hide behind their pursuits, concealing what matters most to them while striving, and usually failing, to be loved - Ben Marcus.
Publish date: August 16th 2011
Publisher: Starcherone Books
Pages no: 188
Edition language: English
Alissa Nutting is a good writer - I gave this book 4 stars after all. I'm not so sure about "innovative" fiction however. There is something about it that makes me feel alienated from what I am reading; makes me conscious of how unhip I am; makes me want to shout "Silence whippersnapper!" in my be...
I tried to think of a catchy title for this post, but that fish kept staring me in the eye, and daring me to come up with something better than the author. So yes, this time, the fish won. I almost want to say that this book defies explanation, but I think the praise I mean there might be misconstru...
I have a feeling that bizarro just isn't my genre. Many of my friends have loved this collection (I read it based on many recommendations from them), but it was just too off-the-wall without enough development or substance in the stories for me to be able to enter into their spirit. I don't think it...
A collection of short stories from the mundane to absurdist, from humor to tragedy to the disturbing. Somehow reminds me of Beckett & Heller. The prose is clean and simple and some good ones managed to be political & intriguing w/o losing subtleties.