Cool For You

Cool For You

by Eileen Myles
     
 

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Cool for You’s tough-girl narrator wants to be an astronaut. Instead, she becomes a poet and journeys through a series of low-end schools, pathetic jobs, and unmade beds. Schooled by mean and memorable Catholic nuns, this tomboy heroine stumbles and dreams her way through the painful corridors of family, early sexual encounters, and an eye-opening

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Cool for You’s tough-girl narrator wants to be an astronaut. Instead, she becomes a poet and journeys through a series of low-end schools, pathetic jobs, and unmade beds. Schooled by mean and memorable Catholic nuns, this tomboy heroine stumbles and dreams her way through the painful corridors of family, early sexual encounters, and an eye-opening series of jobs caring for the sick and insane—the abandoned wards of the state. This is a book hell-bent on telling the truth about poor women, and how they do (and do not) get out of the hands of their families and the state. Without artifice or pseudonym, protagonist Eileen Myles boldly sets down a rich and graphic account of female experience in this world.

Editorial Reviews

Jim Cory
Myles' novel much resembles her poetry. Her narrative has the same jagged edges, the same turn-on-a-dime intellectual quirkiness, the same quality of pitiless observation…the ironic point-of-view, supplies the author with abundant comic effects, making her book, like Celine's, a tragedy that's God-awful funny.
Lambda Book Report
Kate Clinton
The Style is experimental without being annoying and without any condescension. Ms. Myles makes real the tough-girl narrator who muses on ambition and sexuality, grief and delight, with equal candor and grace.
The Progressive

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593762100
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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