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Pretend I'm Dead: A Novel

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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 journey to find her place in this working-class American world is at once hilarious and wonderfully strange, true to life and boldly human, and introduces a stunningly one-of-a-kind new voice in American fiction.

Product Specifications

Author
Jen Beagin
Binding
Hardcover
EAN
9781501183935
EANList
  • 9781501183935
Edition
Reprint
ISBN
1501183931
ItemDimensions
  • 837
  • 550
  • 90
Label
Scribner
Languages
  • English, Published English, Original Language English, Unknown
Manufacturer
Scribner
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
240
PackageDimensions
  • 102
  • 858
  • 73
  • 583
ProductGroup
Book
ProductTypeName
ABIS_BOOK
PublicationDate
2018-05-15
Publisher
Scribner
ReleaseDate
2018-05-15
Studio
Scribner
Title
Pretend I'm Dead: A Novel
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