Send Me Work by Katherine Karlin

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Unlike the heroines of domestic fiction, Katherine Karlin’s women face their biggest challenges outside of the house. The characters in this debut collection encompass a broad range of experience: a struggling young woman in post-Katrina New Orleans persuades a welder to teach her his trade; an orchestra oboist hears a confession from a beloved teacher; an idealistic aerobics instructor decamps for revolution- era Nicaragua to pick coffee on a farming collective. 

In each of these stories, Karlin offers rare insight into the place of work in the lives of women, her narrators keenly observant and attuned to the humor that arises when life doesn’t turn out as planned. But even more remarkable is the fullness with which she renders characters who make us wonder how they’ve escaped the notice of other writers. In unadorned prose that evokes complete worlds with deceptive ease, Karlin shows us people immersed in the negotiations of survival, just at the edge of being able to make sense of their lives.

About Katherine Karlin

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Katherine Karlin is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English at Kansas State University. In addition to publishing stories in various journals, her work has been anthologized in The Pushcart Prize and New Stories from the South.
Published October 31, 2011 by Triquarterly. 170 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Clear-eyed and rough without being raw, this bracing debut story collection is enlivened by an effective mix of bodily warmth and mechanical grit.

Aug 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Send Me Work: Stories

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"Once at a party she told a woman that she worked in a print shop on Vesey," Karlin writes in "Stand up, Scout," the story of a customer-service rep who attempts to reconnect with her family.

Oct 17 2011 | Read Full Review of Send Me Work: Stories

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Where Nutting's book can be read as an outrageous eff-you to the outdated notion that women who work must adhere to certain professional categories, Karlin's Send Me Work is an understated, beautifully written book about the experiences of women of various ages and ethnicities and temperaments, l...

Feb 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Send Me Work: Stories

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