I have never read anything quite like “Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls” by Alissa Nutting, although there may be a comparison to be drawn between this book of short stories and the Fairy Tales collected by the Brothers Grimm.
Alissa Nutting has an amazing “outside of the box” imagination. Each of her stories found in the Table of Jobs at the beginning of the book is quirky, to say the least, if not totally weird. They all feature a female as the central character and the title of the story is an indication of her role in life. I was particularly intrigued by the titles “Dinner”, “Ant Colony” and “Dancing Rat”. Some of the stories are amusing, some are very sad, others are downright gruesome, but what they have in common is powerful imaginative writing that draws you into each story.
If you enjoyed the weirdness of some of Grimm’s Fairy Tales when you were a child, you may well love this collection of tales. I know I did!
I would like to thank NetGalley for the chance to read this for free, in return for an honest review.
- Review: Tampa by Alissa Nutting (bookdout.wordpress.com)
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