Send Me Work: Stories
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Send Me Work: Stories

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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...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Triquarterly
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Very nice and accomplished short stories around work (based from a bruce springsteen lyric? Well, maybe) so professionally edited and “finished” (is this a sign that triquarterly books knows what the hell they are doing and say like caketrain doesn’t?) , very assured, lots of plot, lots of character, lots of real life descriptions of real things like landscapes, tools, feelings. “muscle memory” set in new Orleans evokes both the gritty world or welding and dying world of new Orleans music. And “...more
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 shops, oil refineries, delivery cars, railroad yards, symphony orchestras - and does it in an accessible tone and form that belies the layers of complexity she has built in. I loved that she told the stories of women at work- women with sore feet and backs, calloused hands, and muscles with long me...more
Bill Glose
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 coffee beans. Karlin devotes attentive prose to the jobs they inhabit, painting such vivid pictures of factory floors and dust-caked offices that the reader is transported to them. With keen insight, she also pens interior dialogues of the characters questioning their place in the world. A beautifull...more
Humorous and bleak, this collection of short stories are a window into the lives of characters struggling with their place in work and in life. Karlin doesn't just focus on females in predominantly male workplaces, she delves into their surroundings and other factors that shape who they are in short digestible bites.
2011 Book 128/100

Fabulous, gritty short stories that illuminate a wide variety of women's work and the challenges that come with it in our male-dominated culture. Loved these stories and their main characters - especially the welder and the oboist.
Patricia Geller
Interesting stories told by a writer who has worked on oil refineries and many of the stories center on that. Quick read.
A great debut collection. Can't wait to see what Karlin does next.
Well written short stories, but kind of bleak.
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