Pretend I'm Dead

Pretend I'm Dead

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Jen Beagins funny, moving, fearless debut novel introduces an unforgettable character, Monaalmost 24, cleaning houses to get by, emotionally adrift. Handing out clean needles to drug addicts, she falls for a recipient who proceeds to break her heart in unimaginable ways Always just under the surface are her memories of growing up in a chaotic, destructive family from which shes trying to disentangle herself. The story of her journey toward a comfortable place in the world and a measure of self-acceptance is psychologically acute, often surprising, and entirely human.
Publisher: Evanston, Illinois : TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780810132078
0810132079
Branch Call Number: Beagin, J
Characteristics: 199 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Pretend I am dead

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MikeEe
Oct 21, 2019

Funny, thoughtful, sad, quirky, dark. Always clever. Mona, the cleaning lady, is a very clearly drawn character in these four set pieces that involve her and characters who are both more and less whom they seem to be. Fast read. Sadly, includes only a few bonus cleaning tips.

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bmcevans
Aug 13, 2019

I enjoyed this a lot and am looking forward to reading the next book about Mona.

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uncommonreader
Aug 06, 2019

It is all to rare to find books about working class people, but this one was underwhelming.

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russosharon
Apr 27, 2019

Read 70 pages and put if down. I'm done with this author. If I want to be grossed out, I'll find a different way than reading fiction. Scatological and juvenile.

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laphampeak
Jul 30, 2018

Inventive and disturbing yet relatable, in a way, to the far reaches of one's imagination. Mona shares her job as a housekeeper as well as her relationships in a most unusual way. Loud, funny, provocative, and quite audacious.

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