Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (2020)

Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls Alissa Nutting Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls 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 con
  • Title: Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
  • Author: Alissa Nutting
  • ISBN: 9780984213320
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Paperback
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls Alissa Nutting 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 parakeIn 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.
Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls Alissa Nutting

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  1. karen

    i am so glad i read Tampa before reading this one because while this was good, i think that the stories are better individually than as a collection there are only a couple that were standouts to my particular tastes, although i am finding that flipping through them now, a week later, to refresh the old memory, i am nodding and thinking, oh, yeah, that one was pretty cool, whereas reading them in one gulp, i kept scratching my head over why this book was such the darling of the goodreaders a whi [...]

  2. Joshua Nomen-Mutatio

    Throughout the last two or three years I ve been transitioning away from a steady diet of things like science, philosophy, history, and politics and into a swift and roaring stream of fiction For the time being I ll opt to bypass all yawn inducing, eye shuttering, public self analysis about why and how this has been occuring and just accept these turning tides for what they are Cause, ya know, life happens, man, and sometimes you just gotta enjoy the ride, dude Bro Kimosabe During this bookish t [...]

  3. s.p

    We all have jobs, and most of us would prefer better ones If you don t fall into this category, then I applaud you, but it is so easy to fall into dislike for anything that pries open sleep deprived eyes morning after morning and dumps you into bed exhausted to dream of all the living you would rather have been doing during your waking hours Some of us, the lucky ones, get to pick our jobs, and sometimes we are pulled into the ones life deals us Alissa Nutting s wildly imaginative Unclean Jobs f [...]

  4. Jenn(ifer)

    Aw man See This is why I don t tend to re read books Unless it s one of those books that was pretty much written to be re read Ulysses, Gravity s Rainbow, Infinite Jest , it s probably better that I bask in the rosy glow of my first impressions When I first read this collection of nutty short stories sorry, had to , I was head over heels It was love at first read Don t get me wrong, I still really liked it the second time around, but I no longer think of it as AMAZING Sniff I don t want to run o [...]

  5. Paul Bryant

    Before we go any further I should say that after swinging wildly from delight to huffiness to outright mockery and then on to feelings of intense gloopiness towards Alissa Nutting, I ended up liking her and her fashionably bonkers stories than just a little bit There were a lot of ups and downs We may as well get the downs out of the way first.Some of these stories are extremely silly I know they cruise on the edge of zany surreal absurdist lahdidah, and that s okay But some of them are, leavin [...]

  6. Paquita Maria Sanchez

    And with that, Alissa Nutting went from being the lady who wrote the other first person pedophile novel to someone I would so very have far too many drinks with It s not that I didn t appreciate Tampa, but the wider range of voices here, including the occasionally relatable one, was a pretty welcome relief for me, having not been a teenager doer since I was a teenaged do y It s a word Seriously, everybody knows 99% of humans over the age of 2 and under the age of approx 20 are assholes, and I am [...]

  7. jess

    I wanted to read this book for so long that I can t remember the original reason i wanted to read it but finally the stars aligned and I did It s a collection of short stories about women with various unclean jobs, including deliverywoman, porn star, cat owner, gardener, knife thrower, zookeeper, alcoholic, etc Alissa Nutting plays with how gender works, along with the messy violence, gross bodily functions, and the uglier sides of desire and lust I am certain this author identifies as a feminis [...]

  8. Tony

    I, too, have an unclean job as in It s a dirty job but somebody has to do it But that s not what Alissa Nutting means And it s not what I mean either This wonderfully imaginative work is not about employment Instead, it s about the many chambers of the human heart I am boiling inside a kettle with five other people Check.I m expected to have anal sex with the winning contestant on the moon Check.I took a baby panda home from the zoo Check You are embarrassing yourself on a national level, Sister [...]

  9. Sabra Embury

    I went to a Rumpus reading held in Chinatown this week, and nothing against Rumpus, but I felt like I had better things to do than sit through five people reading what seemed to be journal entries aloud stories about lost love or strange lust read in the tone of Victorian sentimentality, at an event as modern as free porn on the internet As I sat in a corner, playing games on my phone, I thought about aliens and talking wildebeests, and how anything out of the ordinary would add life to the enti [...]

  10. Kris

    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 s fair of me to write a full review, since my sense is that Nutting is writing very effectively just within a genre that doesn t resonate with me Many thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of [...]

  11. Sonja Arlow

    THIS is what happens when you don t read the book description in detail before delving in My word it was like walking through a fever dream inside a tumble dryer.Most of the short stories seemed overly explicit for the pure purpose of shocking and disgusting the reader, even though I got the underlying messages and symbolism within most of them.It almost felt as if I was reading assignments from a creative writing class Now I didn t hate every single story and two stands out that were quite enjo [...]

  12. Ethel Rohan

    Alissa Nutting s, Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, is unlike any other story collection I ve ever read The first story, Dinner, moved me in a profound way It was awful and brilliant and possibly life changing Because of this story, because of the other stories like it in this collection bold, surreal, deeply compassionate, and highly imaginative I might just write differently I might just live differently.Stories like Dinner, She Man, and Gardener made me feel very human, very vulnerable and ve [...]

  13. Jenny

    I had remembered the title of this as Uncommon Jobs for Women and Girls which is of course wrong In many senses The women who stuck out for me in these stories were often prostitutes or sex workers, which is hardly an uncommon job for a woman It is, however, perhaps an unclean job What Nutting excels at is the quirky premise The odd situations and scenarios she describes in these stories never fail to grab you, because you keep wondering how did you think of this bizarre thing The example that s [...]

  14. Jack Waters

    When a writer tempts fate with stories containing surreal, magical realism, it s an ambition fraught with risk and gamble Like pulling in a fish of unexpected size, the writer must subtly tug you in to the shore, which takes patience on one end and a fight on the other The unknown world provided cannot merely be described it must be felt, seen.The lay reader doesn t want to believe characters are being boiled alive They won t believe the devil has the time or desire to date And why do we feel em [...]

  15. Tom Willard

    I largely enjoyed this collection of oddities Nutting has a fabulous imagination which explores strange angles surreal mise en scene, of which I will not describe as progressing through the arcane permutations is much of the fun Although, at times, certain stories have a flat tone, use tiresome metaphors and provide cutesy details for seemingly no reason but to provide cutesy details This is the kind of pitfall I imagine comes from the creative writing programs, even though I did not go through [...]

  16. Shh

    Maybe I m missing the point but I thought this book was pretty lame There were a few interesting bits like climbing into Satan s bloody belly pouch and accidentally pissing inside him while on a date together and some of the language was beautiful but not nearly enough to outweigh the all around drivel Sure it was strange, and I really like strange, but it was also vapid These stories have nothing to offer except for their outlandishness I applaud the creativity it takes to produce such bizarren [...]

  17. David

    I love this book, absolutely love The stories are just so strange, yet so approachable Nutting has a perfect bead on how the most surreal moments can be the most revealing about real lives Compassionate, fun, and moving I loved each one.

  18. Anita Dalton

    It s not so surprising that I adored this collection I raved about Nutting s look at a female sexual predator and had high expectations for this book This collection is less concentrated in terms of content and style than Tampa and the varied nature of this collection shows Nutting s skill as a teller of many types of stories She handles mundane yet self aware neuroticism like an updated Tama Janowitz whose seminal summation of 80s New York, Slaves of New York, I will be discussing here soon She [...]

  19. clare

    I actually didn t finish this book I give her credit for being different, but it seems too self conciously different and therefore not sincere or something.

  20. Ylenia

    I received a digital copy for review from the publisher, thanks again My review will be honest as always This was my first experience with Alissa Nutting s writing I m really happy I ended up liking most of the stories in here Short stories collections work if the author can write she sure can.My favorites were Dinner, Zookeeper, Bandleader s Girlfriend and Delivery Woman.

  21. Dayna Ingram

    I cannot find the words to adequately review this magnificent collection So here is a snippet from Nutting s interview over at the Rumpus Rumpus What I love about your stories one of many things I love is that you write about the absurdity of contemporary popular culture without sacrificing compassion for your characters I m thinking of the story Porn Star, which is narrated by a porn star who s expected to have anal sex on the moon for a reality TV show In the wrong hands, this story could be a [...]

  22. Tom Lichtenberg

    I saw that this book had won an award for innovative fiction, but after reading it I d have to say that I never would have believed the word innovative to be an understatement, but in this case, it is, and by far Some of the stories in here are astonishingly original and bold My favorite is probably Ant Colony , which begins with this When space on earth became very limited, it was declared all people had to host another organism on or inside of their bodies Many people chose something noninvasi [...]

  23. Penny

    There is something really liberating about this book of short stories It reminds me as reader, a writer and as a human in general that there are no rules You can set a whole story in a boiling kettle filled with six strangers meeting for the first time, and never explain how they got there or why they are being boiled alive Still, I think it is difficult to have a book of short stories stay consistently brilliant the whole way through I d say about half of the stories were great the pure absurdi [...]

  24. Constance

    A highly deserved Innovative Fiction Prize Winner, these stories are fresh, funny, weird, brilliant, unexpected and the writing is crisp perfection Micheal Martone s review says it best Nutting reanimates the deadest of dead pans to a state of enameled kabuki solar veneer The result is stories you will not soon forget, and sentences, words, and paragraphs that any wordsmith will read with a swell of pure envy and love.

  25. Kevin

    This is a book filled with what I call Holy Shit moments As in, you stop every page or so and say out loud, Holy shit These are wonderfully weird stories that have a refreshingly desperate and humane heart underneath all the surreal turmoil Also I saw Alissa read from this book recently and it was mind blowingly good This book and this writer deserve all of the hoopla they re getting and .

  26. Carla

    The most bizarre book of short stories I have ever read All stories of women, told in a blunt and honest, mostly sexualized way that either take place in strange and or unusual places, or situations They are not uplifting stories, some disturbing, some humourous Very creative, it s not for the faint of heart Some stories are in fact slightly grotesque.

  27. Roxane

    This was so wonderful, very imaginative I loved the surreal quality of many of the stories, how they were almost absurd but not quite It was also very a cohesive as a collection, worked finely as a whole More on the Giant this week.

  28. Erinisfantastic

    Decent book of short stories that are all either slightly off or majorly weird I keep trying but I m just not into short stories that much

  29. Jessica Sparks

    Unclean Jobs For Women And Girls by Alissa NuttingPublisher Starcherone Books October 1, 2010 Genre FictionIn two words Disturbingly Delicious.Best paired with Red WineThe one thing that struck me the most about this collection of short stories is the honesty displayed by the characters and the writing Nothing is sugar coated and that is disturbingly delicious Alissa Nutting put her characters in surreal and dark situations but showed us the complexity and drive inside of them At times I had to [...]

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