Send Me Work: Stories

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Northwestern University Press, Oct 31, 2011 - Fiction - 159 pages
7 Reviews
Winner of 2011 Balcones Fiction Prize

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.
  

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Review: Send Me Work: Stories

User Review  - Bill Glose - Goodreads

Each of the short stories in this collection feature working women in traditionally male roles. Katherine Karlin's heroines work in paper factories and shipyards, learn to weld, fishmonger, and pick ... Read full review

Review: Send Me Work: Stories

User Review  - Monica - Goodreads

Katherine Karlin has done a beautiful thing - she's used clean and lovely prose to elevate blue collar work. Each of the short stories in this collection tells a woman's story in her workplace - print ... Read full review

Contents

The Severac Sound
17
Muscle Memory
35
Send Me Work
55
Into the Blue Again
71
Staggered Maturities
89
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About the author (2011)

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.

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