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Hole: Excerpted from PRETEND I'M DEAD (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading)

Jen Beagin Emily Gould June 11, 2020

Hole: Excerpted from PRETEND I'M DEAD (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading) Jen Beagin Emily Gould This excerpt from Jen Beagin s first novel, PRETEND I M DEAD, tells the story of Mona s relationship with a recovering heroin addict who she calls Mr Disgusting Mona meets Mr Disgusting at the needle exchange where she colunteers after work, and as their relationship begins, one wonders what force inside Mona compels her toward such a self destructive, and destructed,This excerpt from Jen Beagin s first novel, PRETEND I M DEAD, tells the story of Mona s relationship with a recovering heroin addict who she calls Mr Disgusting Mona meets Mr Disgusting at the needle exchange where she colunteers after work, and as their relationship begins, one wonders what force inside Mona compels her toward such a self destructive, and destructed, man In her introduction, Emily Gould writes, This book is the magical kind that illuminate a small, self contained interior world so completely that you feel that you ve experienced another life within your own As I closed Pretend I m Dead, I felt unaccountably sad not because of what happens in the story, which is a little bit sad, but because I wanted to keep spending time with Mona, and stay inside her head The story excerpted here is only the beginning, and this book is the beginning of a literary career I ll be watching closely, hoping to fall in love again with something or someone disgusting, compelling, funny and real, like all of us truly are About the Author Jen Beagin holds an M.F.A in creative writing from UC Irvine and has published stories in Juked and Faultline, among other journals and literary magazines She lives in Boston Pretend I m Dead is her first novel About the Guest Editor Emily Books is an online bookstore and subscription service that features one book a month by women and other weirdos We also publish two original books a year in collaboration with Coffee House Press You can find us online at emilybooks About the Publisher Electric Literature is an independent publisher amplifying the power of storytelling through digital innovation Electric Literature s weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading, invites established authors, indie presses, and literary magazines to recommended great fiction Once a month we feature our own recommendation of original, previously unpublished fiction.

Hole: Excerpted from PRETEND I'M DEAD (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading) Jen Beagin Emily Gould

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