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Vacuum in the dark / Jen Beagin.

Beagin, Jen, author. (Author).
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Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cormorant LINK Site BEA (Text) 33500013017744 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library BEA (Text) 33500013017736 New Available -
Hallock Public Library BEA (Text) 35500006141483 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501182143
  • ISBN: 1501182145
  • Physical Description: 224 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2019.

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Summary, etc.: Mona is twenty-six and cleans houses for a living in Taos, New Mexico. She moved there mostly because of a bad boyfriend--a junkie named Mr. Disgusting, long story--and her efforts to restart her life since haven't exactly gone as planned. For one thing she's got another bad boyfriend. She calls this one Dark, and he happens to be married to one of Mona's clients. Dark and his wife aren't the only complicated clients on Mona's roster...there's also the Hungarian artist couple who remind her of troubling aspects of her past and some of the underlying reasons her life had to be restarted in the first place. As Mona tries to get over the heartache of her affair and the pains of her youth, she winds up on an eccentric, moving journey of self-discovery that takes her back to the home she grew up in and that--she hopes--will unlock the key to having a sense of home in the future.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 January #1
    *Starred Review* Beagin's standalone second novel continues the story, begun in Pretend I'm Dead (2015), of twentysomething Mona, who works cleaning houses in Taos and keeps up a running conversation with NPR's Terry Gross in the form of a voice inside her head. In the home of one client, a blind therapist Mona met while out for a run, Mona falls in love with her boss's husband, whom she calls Dark, and finds disturbing offerings of human poop. When that arrangement goes south, Mona keeps house for a Hungarian artist couple who hire her additionally as a model, ply her with drugs, and lead her to uncover repressed memories of unpleasant attention from her long-deceased grandfather. These homes and their inhabitants and discoveries function as life-size dioramas of Mona's psyche until a somewhat welcome invitation brings her back to an altogether different but no less loaded abode, the California apartment Mona's mom is now vacating. Inventing situations and conversations that are off-the-charts in both weirdness and relatability, Beagin fashions an enchantingly intriguing main character in unfiltered, warmhearted Mona. This story of a woman embracing life's what-ifs and her own darkness is a great read-alike for Melissa Broder's The Pisces (2018). Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Housekeepers > Fiction.
Adultery > Fiction.
Dysfunctional families > Fiction.
Taos (N.M.) > Fiction.
Housekeepers > Fiction.
Self-acceptance > Fiction.
Adultry > Fiction.
Dysfucntional families > Fiction.
Taos (N.M.) > Fiction.
Self-acceptance > Fiction.
Genre: Black humor.
Black humor.
FICTION / Literary.

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