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Grainy, stained and stripped, this nonfiction novel traces the downbeat progress of a girl growing up in working-class Boston. 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.

Without artifice or pseudonym, protagonist Eileen Myles boldly sets down a rich and graphic account of female experience in this world.

Review:

"Myles is one of the savviest voices and most restless intellects in contemporary lit." Dennis Cooper

Review:

"The way roughness and humor are wrapped in a dangerous exciting tale – a tale that pulls at my heart and enthralls my psyche – is a stunning feat that makes Cool for You worthy of much study and massive enjoyment." J T Leroy

Review:

"Cool for You is touching, funny, and original, featuring strange, beautiful images of the ordinary world. Like Henry Miller, Eileen Myles razzes life from within." Mary Gaitskill

Review:

"Cool is hot, a poet's thrilling invention of the novel as though from Mars or some more distant body. She cruises her own life from this platform of language-vernacular, glinting, gestural-making art of everything she brings aboard." Jonathan Lethem

Review:

"Eileen Myles is a genius." Dorothy Allison

Review:

"If Eileen Myles was a lesbian John Wayne sweeping me up on her horse and taking me into the sunset of her life she couldn't have done it any better. In her most recent book, a novel entitled Cool For You (Soft Skull Press), Eileen gives us a transporting and incandescent account of her life." Janet Mason, Technodyke.com

Synopsis:

Eileen Myles, the popular author of Chelsea Girls and Not Me, the poet who ran an openly female campaign for president in 1992, now gives us a talking masterpiece of a novel that scratches out and rewrites the picture of what fifty years of female life looks like today.

Cool For You is a darkly comic novel that traces the downbeat progress of an Irish American girl through a series of stuttering efforts to leave home. Cool For You's tough girl narrator wants to be an astronaut. Instead, she becomes a poet and takes us on a ferocious tour of, low-end schools, pathetic jobs, and unmade beds. This is a book hell-bent on telling the truth about poor women, how they do and do not get out of the hands of the family and the State.

Synopsis:

Grainy and stripped, this gritty novel traces the downbeat progress of a girl growing up in working-class Boston. “Eileen Myles is a genius!” — Dorothy Allison

Product Details

ISBN:
9781887128599
Author:
Myles, Eileen
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Irish americans
Subject:
Irish American women
Subject:
Boston (Mass.)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
00-4036
Publication Date:
20001131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 10.5 oz

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Product details 200 pages Soft Skull Press - English 9781887128599 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Myles is one of the savviest voices and most restless intellects in contemporary lit."
"Review" by , "The way roughness and humor are wrapped in a dangerous exciting tale – a tale that pulls at my heart and enthralls my psyche – is a stunning feat that makes Cool for You worthy of much study and massive enjoyment."
"Review" by , "Cool for You is touching, funny, and original, featuring strange, beautiful images of the ordinary world. Like Henry Miller, Eileen Myles razzes life from within."
"Review" by , "Cool is hot, a poet's thrilling invention of the novel as though from Mars or some more distant body. She cruises her own life from this platform of language-vernacular, glinting, gestural-making art of everything she brings aboard."
"Review" by , "Eileen Myles is a genius."
"Review" by , "If Eileen Myles was a lesbian John Wayne sweeping me up on her horse and taking me into the sunset of her life she couldn't have done it any better. In her most recent book, a novel entitled Cool For You (Soft Skull Press), Eileen gives us a transporting and incandescent account of her life."
"Synopsis" by , Eileen Myles, the popular author of Chelsea Girls and Not Me, the poet who ran an openly female campaign for president in 1992, now gives us a talking masterpiece of a novel that scratches out and rewrites the picture of what fifty years of female life looks like today.

Cool For You is a darkly comic novel that traces the downbeat progress of an Irish American girl through a series of stuttering efforts to leave home. Cool For You's tough girl narrator wants to be an astronaut. Instead, she becomes a poet and takes us on a ferocious tour of, low-end schools, pathetic jobs, and unmade beds. This is a book hell-bent on telling the truth about poor women, how they do and do not get out of the hands of the family and the State.

"Synopsis" by ,
Grainy and stripped, this gritty novel traces the downbeat progress of a girl growing up in working-class Boston. “Eileen Myles is a genius!” — Dorothy Allison
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