Her Adult Life: Stories
Jenn Scott (Author)
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DescriptionThe characters who populate Jenn Scott's debut collection are both trapped and adrift. Stuck in dead-end jobs or stagnant relationships or simply caught in the grip of their own inertia, they opt out, act out, and strike out, searching for emotional sustenance in a landscape of pointless patterns and dwindling hopes. Cuttingly clever remarks and excoriating observations act as shields--thrown up to protect an aching vulnerability, a bewildering sense of loss . . . of being lost in a world rife with expectations, where responsibility is ritualistic and meaning elusive.
"The beauty of being young was, in fact, the ability to project all that might happen. She recognizes, suddenly, how less grandiose the projection of her plans has become. It's like she was once standing looking an expanse of field, but now she's trapped in a hallway hung with too many pastel prints of landscapes that refuse to interest her. It's as if she's moved her entire life inside a dental office, minus the gas that sings a person to sleep while their cavities are filled, their roots fixed."
Assumed identities, Russian mail-order brides, pie theft, lost (and found) cleavers, coworkers who commit murder, the sudden ballooning of breasts, conversations with the (surprisingly opinionated) vegetables in a restaurant's walk-in cooler: in stories sharply funny and deeply poignant, situations that delight and discomfit, Scott explores "the complicated, or simple, ways in which we settle."
January 15, 2018
5.6 X 8.6 X 0.5 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author
Jenn Scott is an historian, researcher, and writer based in Edinburgh where she works as Secretary and Archivist for the Stewart Society. Jenn is a re-enactor primarily of the 18th century and the late 15th century. She is the author of Better is the Proud Plaid about the Jacobites of the '45. She is interested in the period from the Wars of the Roses to the Jacobite Risings, and is actively involved in the interpretation, promotion, and protection of Scottish battlefields as a trustee of the Scottish Battlefield Trust. Jenn has spent over 20 years developing her understanding and knowledge of the clothes and material culture of the past. Jenn studied politics at the University of Edinburgh and has an MA in Heritage from University of Surrey.
"...a tremendously intoxicating story...High recommendation here, a book I want to delve into further for sure."-- "Story 366"