Trash by Dorothy Allison

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Trash, Allison's landmark collection, laid the groundwork for her critically acclaimed Bastard Out of Carolina, the National Book Award finalist that was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "simply stunning...a wonderful work of fiction by a major talent." In addition to Allison's classic stories, this new edition of Trash features "Stubborn Girls and Mean Stories," an introduction in which Allison discusses the writing of Trash and "Compassion," a never-before-published short story.

First published in 1988, the award-winning Trash showcases Allison at her most fearlessly honest and startlingly vivid. The limitless scope of human emotion and experience are depicted in stories that give aching and eloquent voice to the terrible wounds we inflict on those closest to us. These are tales of loss and redemption; of shame and forgiveness; of love and abuse and the healing power of storytelling.

A book that resonates with uncompromising candor and incandescence, Trash is sure to captivate Allison's legion of readers and win her a devoted new following.

About Dorothy Allison

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DOROTHY ALLISON was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and is the author of several critically acclaimed and bestselling books, including Cavedweller and Trash. Awarded the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction, Allison is a member of the board of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She lives in northern California.
Published September 24, 2002 by Plume. 244 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Fiction

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she hides much of this past from her lovers, but it emerges in the form of lies, funny southern stories, an inability to love, a resort to wild sex (sometimes graphically described), alcohol and physical fights as distraction and escape.

Dec 01 1988 | Read Full Review of Trash: Stories


Several of her novels and recorded interviews with this intense author, including New York Times Bestseller Cavedweller, are available in the Flint Public Library, but her collection of short stories, entitled Trash, can be found online or at local bookstores.

May 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Trash: Stories

Austin Chronicle

Sixteen of them – side-loaders, rear-loaders, recycling trucks, yard trimmings collectors, street sweepers, bucket trucks, a dead-animal collection truck, and a crane with a big claw at the end – emerged from a well-hidden spot stage right with headlights beaming and safety lights flashing, circl...

Sep 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Trash: Stories

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