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Pretend I'm Dead By Jen Beagin Pretend I m Dead NAMED A BEST BOOK of the YEAR by O THE OPRAH MAGAZINE REFINERY and KIRKUS REVIEWS SHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE Miranda July meets Mary Karr in this bril

  • Title: Pretend I'm Dead
  • Author: Jen Beagin
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  • Page: 310
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  • Pretend I'm Dead By Jen Beagin NAMED A BEST BOOK of the YEAR by O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE, REFINERY 29, and KIRKUS REVIEWS SHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE Miranda July meets Mary Karr in this brilliant debut novel from Jen Beagin, Whiting Award winner and one of the freshest voices I ve read in years funny, wise, whip smart and compassionate Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlest NAMED A BEST BOOK of the YEAR by O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE, REFINERY 29, and KIRKUS REVIEWS SHORTLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE Miranda July meets Mary Karr in this brilliant debut novel from Jen Beagin, Whiting Award winner and one of the freshest voices I ve read in years funny, wise, whip smart and compassionate Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins , about a cleaning lady on a quest for self acceptance after her relationship with a loveable junkie goes awry.Jen Beagin s quirky, moving, frank and unflinching Josh Ferris debut novel introduces an unforgettable character, Mona almost twenty four, emotionally adrift, and cleaning houses to get by Handing out clean needles to drug addicts, she falls for a recipient she calls Mr Disgusting, who proceeds to break her heart in unimaginable ways In search of healing, Mona decamps to Taos, New Mexico, for a fresh start, where she finds a community of seekers and cast offs, all of whom have one or two things to teach her the pajama wearing, blissed out New Agers, the slightly creepy client with peculiar tastes in controlled substances, the psychic who might really be psychic But always lurking just beneath the surface are her memories of growing up in a chaotic, destructive family from which she s trying to disentangle herself, and the larger legacy of the past she left behind The story of Mona s j
    Pretend I'm Dead By Jen Beagin

    Pretend I m Dead A Novel Beagin, Jen Pretend I m Dead by Jen Beagin is like one of those old fashioned classics by Charles Bukowski or John Fante or, recently, Denis Johnson, a shambling, lyrical dispatch from the dive bars and the flop houses where the downtrodden, divested of hope, livelihood, good health, and any number of other markers of respectability, nevertheless retain full possession of their hearts and minds, their integrity Pretend I m Dead by Jen Beagin Oct , Pretend I m Dead is a really unusual, psychedelic gem of a novel Mona is a twenty something volunteer in a needle exchange programme Her dad, Mickey, is a deadbeat and the only stability she has in her life is the sole trader house cleaner she works for Mona has a brain but no particular drive She works hard, but without direction. Pretend I m Dead A Novel Beagin, Jen Jan , Spectacularly good for a first novel, Pretend I m Dead is a fast and enjoyable read The main character is flawed, but recovering from neglect in childhood The reader is on her side and feels love and empathy for her I look forward to novels from Jen Beagin. Pretend I m Dead Book by Jen Beagin Official Publisher Pretend I m Dead is the name of a game Mona and her father played in the pool when she was young She also resumes photographing herself playing dead in Henry s home, something she starts doing again in order to move on from her past. Pretend I m Dead by Jen Beagin, Paperback Barnes Noble Up to sh backJan , In Jen Beagin s Pretend I m Dead, the brilliant and damaged young proprietress of Bee s Knees Housekeeping is continually in danger of too much information She cleans people s homes, all those telling, secret, even intimate spaces, and reflected back are the secrets of her own past, the million sadnesses. Pretend I m Dead PRETEND I M DEAD Kirkus Reviews May , PRETEND I M DEAD by Jen Beagin RELEASE DATE May , A young woman s offbeat adventures among misfits, weirdos, and other human beings Mona cleans houses for a living This surprises people, as Mona is white, and English is her first language. Pretend I m Dead Northwestern University Press Oct , Pretend I m Dead is utterly engaging, laugh out loud funny, and always compelling Mona is an irresistible character and I loved being in her head and hearing her thoughts In short, I was rooting for her straight through Each sentence is alive, vibrant and quaking. Summary and reviews of Pretend I m Dead by Jen Beagin Jen Beagin holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine, and is a recipient of a Whiting Award in fiction Pretend I m Dead is her first novel A former cleaning lady, she lives in Hudson, New York. Books similar to Pretend I m Dead Pretend I m Dead by Jen Beagin . avg rating Ratings Miranda July meets Mary Karr in this brilliant debut novel from Jen Beagin, Whiting Award winner and one of the freshest voices I ve read in years funny, wise, whip smart and compassionate Jami Att Want to Read.

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    1. Kelly (and the Book Boar) on said:

      Find all of my reviews at book review 437 I read this IN JUNE I suck so hard at posting shit this year Good news is I kind of remember this one better news is it kind of meanders a little bit of everywhere so there s no reason to get wrapped up in the details Basically, if your idea of a good time is reading about a 20 something housekeeper with a side hobby of taking bizarro selfies in her employers homes who volunteers at the local methadone Find all of my reviews at book review 437 I read thi [...]

    2. Diane S ☔ on said:

      I think I ve dnf d books in the last month than I have in the last year Started out promising, very different, quirky main character who volunteers with a needle exchange program She falls for one of the users that she calls Me Disgusting, who ends up breaking her heart She goes to Taos, which was a big draw for me, in an attempt to reclaim her life She shares a house with two strange characters Yoko and Yoko and we ll this is where it lost me Half way no less It turns a bit crude, l I think I v [...]

    3. Jason Pettus on said:

      Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally Any book that starts with a young volunteer at a needle exchange developing a crush on one of her junkie clients, deducing from his refusal of sterilizing equipment that he s not sharing his needles and is therefore single and eligible, is definitely a book for me and that s merely page 1 of Jen Beagin s Reprinted f [...]

    4. Bandit on said:

      This was a strange sort of attraction at first sight the title alone is so intriguing negotiated down by reluctance to engage with a 24 year old protagonist Yes, I know, I m an ageist, but can you blame me This generation has been just all sorts of unattractive Although I m very glad to have finally decided to follow my initial instinct and check this book out, because a it s pretty terrific and b it s set judging by cultural clues in the mid 90s, entirely different, far tolerable ge This was a [...]

    5. Rebecca on said:

      I read the first 65 pages, which was one long chapter almost like a standalone novella called Hole Mona, a 23 year old art school dropout turned cleaner, was raised by a cousin after her addict parents death Like Beagin, who cleaned houses for five years to support her art, Mona collects vacuum cleaners and considers vacuuming her primary hobby She enjoys the repetition and inadvertent intimacy of her job it gives her glimpses into other people s inner lives In her spare time she volu I read the [...]

    6. MisterHobgoblin on said:

      Pretend I m Dead is a really unusual, psychedelic gem of a novel Mona is a twenty something volunteer in a needle exchange programme Her dad, Mickey, is a deadbeat and the only stability she has in her life is the sole trader house cleaner she works for Mona has a brain but no particular drive She works hard, but without direction When she tells people she is a cleaner, they assume she must have something else she is working towards white girls don t clean houses The novel follows Mona o Pretend [...]

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