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Labor Days: An Anthology of Fiction About Work

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In this superb and subversive collection, the finest fiction writers capture the full experience of showing up, clocking in, and working it. Denis Johnson’s “Emergency” is set in a Vietnam-era emergency room, where stoned orderlies deal matter-of-factly with a guy who has a knife stuck in his head. In Raymond Carver’s “Fat,” a waitress recounts how attending to an overweig...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 17th 2004 by Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Granted, I've already read about 1/3 of the pieces listed in this collection, but, overall, I found it to be a nice change from books written by those who obviously don't leave the house. The stories presented, a mixture of short fiction and excerpts from longer pieces, are from the points of view of those who are defined by the jobs they have. The occupations "writer" and "teacher" have been eliminated because, as noted by the editor, most books are littered with those characters who typically...more
Michael W.
I nice little anthology of short fiction and book excerpts - mostly from the 20th century - about various workplaces and occupations.

Some highlights for me were the excerpts from Burroughs' "Junkie" (which I've read) and from Hellers' "Something Happened" (which I haven't, but would like to).
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A great intro from Gates, who selected an interesting array of refreshingly short excerpts and short fiction that enlighten a broad survey of jobs, from thief to waitress to drug dealer security.
A fun read - I skipped a couple, read most, and was reminded of books I've loved and introduced to authors I'd like to pursue.
Most of the pieces were excerpts from books, not individual stories, which made the work overall less interesting.
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David Gates is an American journalist and author. He teaches in the graduate writing program at The University of Montana.
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