Mona At Sea

Mona At Sea

by Elizabeth Gonzalez James
Mona At Sea

Mona At Sea

by Elizabeth Gonzalez James


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Mona is a Millennial perfectionist who fails upwards in the midst of the 2008 economic crisis. Despite her potential, and her top-of-her-class college degree, Mona finds herself unemployed, living with her parents, and adrift in life and love. Mona’s the sort who says exactly the right thing at absolutely the wrong moments, seeing the world through a cynic’s eyes. In the financial and social malaise of the early 2000s, Mona walks a knife’s edge as she faces down unemployment, underemployment, the complexities of adult relationships, and the downward spiral of her parents’ shattering marriage. The more Mona craves perfection and order, the more she is forced to see that it is never attainable. Mona’s journey asks the question: When we find what gives our life meaning, will we be ready for it?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781951631017
Publisher: Santa Fe Writer's Project
Publication date: 06/30/2021
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 1,077,348
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Before becoming a writer, Elizabeth Gonzalez James was a waitress, a pollster, an Avon lady, and an opera singer. Her short story, “Cosmic Blues,” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, and her stories and essays have received multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. She’s attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Tin House Writers Workshop, and Lit Camp. She lives with her family in Oakland, California. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram: @unefemmejames

Table of Contents

Sad Millennial 3

You'll know when you know 21

Conquering Fears, Capturing Wealth 37

We had layoffs. Big time 49

The terminal point of freedom 67

One of those salad girls 83

Don't flush your life away 97

Rocky Point 113

Here's to you, here's to me 123

Sunk costs 141

Do you believe in soulmates? 153

Rule 34 169

You earned it 183

Waving and drowning 191

Breaking cycles 209

Cultural anthropology 219

Being pushed 227

The right choice 243

Epilogue or, A reason to keep showing up 257

Acknowledgments 261

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