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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
Branch Call Number: Beagin, J
Characteristics: 199 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Pretend I am dead


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Mar 28, 2021

This was my 2nd disappointment in the weekend. This book grossed me out. I got half way through & wondered why I was carrying on, so I stopped reading about Mona & her dysfunctional life & her Mr Disgusting & her cleaning job & her moving to find more dysfunction. Just YUK!
What got me wanting to read this book were the reviews. There was a comparison to Eleanor Oliphant, there were words like utterly engaging, a touch magical, funny, compassionate & laugh out loud funny. Still waiting for that to happen.

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.

Aug 13, 2019

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

Aug 06, 2019

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

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.

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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