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Trash: Stories

Trash Stories Trash Allison s landmark collection laid the groundwork for her critically acclaimed Bastard Out of Carolina the National Book Award finalist that was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as si

  • Title: Trash: Stories
  • Author: Dorothy Allison
  • ISBN: 9780452283510
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • Trash, Allison s landmark collection, laid the groundwork for her critically acclaimed Bastard Out of Carolina, the National Book Award finalist that was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as simply stunninga wonderful work of fiction by a major talent In addition to Allison s classic stories, this new edition of Trash features Stubborn Girls and Mean Stories,Trash, Allison s landmark collection, laid the groundwork for her critically acclaimed Bastard Out of Carolina, the National Book Award finalist that was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as simply stunninga wonderful work of fiction by a major talent In addition to Allison s classic stories, this new edition of Trash features Stubborn Girls and Mean Stories, an introduction in which Allison discusses the writing of Trash and Compassion, a never before published short story.First published in 1988, the award winning Trash showcases Allison at her most fearlessly honest and startlingly vivid The limitless scope of human emotion and experience are depicted in stories that give aching and eloquent voice to the terrible wounds we inflict on those closest to us These are tales of loss and redemption of shame and forgiveness of love and abuse and the healing power of storytelling A book that resonates with uncompromising candor and incandescence, Trash is sure to captivate Allison s legion of readers and win her a devoted new following.

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    About "Dorothy Allison"

    1. Dorothy Allison

      Dorothy Allison is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers Themes in Allison s work include class struggle, child and sexual abuse, women, lesbianism, feminism, and family.Allison s first novel, the semi autobiographical Bastard Out of Carolina, was published in 1992 and was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award in 1998, a prize given annually to an individual whose work within the small press and independent bookstore circuit has helped sustain that enterprise.

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    1. This is where i fell in love with Dorothy Allison this is where i found a voice like no other and first heard her clear invocation of story as not merely survival but triumph life itself lived with a degree of accountability that is specific to finding the language with which to face it.


    2. This is an amazing book It is filled with stories Some stories of brutality that you pray you will never experience and some about the strength of families that you might look for, even hope for.My first book by Dorothy Allison was Bastard Out of Carolina I gave it five stars book show 25 and wanted to read It took me six months to pick up the next book I picked Trash because I like short stories and it is one of Allison s first published books, maybe the first I liked Dorothy right away It was [...]


    3. We are under so many illusions about our powersons that vary with the moon, the mood, the moment Waxing, we are all powerful We are the mother destroyers, She Who Eats Her Young, devours her lover, her own heart great winged midnight creatures and the witches of legend Waning, we are powerless We are the outlaws of the earth, daughters of nightmare, victimized, raped, and abandoned in our own bodies We tell ourselves lies and pretend not to know the difference It takes all we have to know the tr [...]


    4. While this collection of stories is slim, odds are it ll take you a few days to trek through I was confident it was a two night read, but the gritty, harnessed prose slowed me up and caused it to take about a week When you read one of Allison s stories, it takes time to digest As a reader I was encouraged to dissect each one, but felt as if the job had already been done for me intentionally Digging for the deeper meaning seems entirely against Allison s intention, but at the same time is gut wre [...]


    5. Dorothy Allison is one of my favorite people, even though I don t know her I ve shaken her hand and seen heard her speak at Squaw Valley and at Tin House, though, and I ve read enough of her work to know that she is one rare package of compassion, humor, and bitterness Trash is full of early stories, stories from what she calls her yellow pages in the forward, those pages being a legal pad on which she originally scribbled down recollections of her childhood with no thought of publication She d [...]


    6. This is one that I initially read in a writing workshop class in college my copy ended up going home with a roommate, but the stories stuck with me anyway It recently popped into my head again, and of course the library had a copy, so I decided it was time for a re read.In short, it s a fantastic collection The stories are hard and unsentimental, often violent and sometimes horrifying, but also surprisingly beautiful at times Nothing is presented about how things ought to be it is simply how the [...]


    7. This is powerful, intense, moving writing The introduction alone is a stunning piece of work, describing the author s decision to live and to write her stories It is a testament to the power the creation of literature has to save and sustain a life The standard frequenty cited to determine whether or not someone is a real writer is whether or not that person would write if they knew no one would ever read their work In Dorothy Allison s case, the choice between writing and not writing is present [...]


    8. Dorothy Allison writes in the Southern tradition with a twist she s a lesbian and she s not ashamed of it, even coming from a dirt poor family that places importance on how many babies you can produce and how well you marry This slim book is a collection of short memoir narratives that read as if Allison is sitting right in front of you, sipping on sweet tea and smoking a cigarette, while she divulges all of her secrets Some secrets are raw and painful while others are delightful and sensuous bu [...]


    9. I thought I was going to give this a 4 but since finishing it I ve had that special feeling of calm completion that I only get with really, really good books, so 5 it is I bloody love Dorothy Allison, I love the way she writes, I especially love the way she writes about sex I want to read everything she s ever written.


    10. get it worship dorothy allison give her overly long and unwanted hugs ask if you can make a movie about her pretend you don t mind when she politely refuses bury your hurt in pulled pork sandwiches.



    11. This collection of short stories by Dorothy Allison is as much a book about writing as it is a book of powerfully written short stories The book s introduction explains how the author found her voice as a writer and what she has learned about writing and herself since this book was first published The stories themselves are beautifully written and demonstrate tremendous insights into human relationships.Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book Each quote has been added to the GoodReads [...]


    12. A friend passed along this book to me I read reluctantly, only because it is one of her favorites But soon Allison s brilliant writing won me over, and I couldn t stop because beyond all my inhibitions, her stories made me hungry This collection is of the sort of visceral prose that shakes its musty scent over everything that renders the reader yearning, turned on, repulsed, through it all, wanting Allison s hunger, longing, the dislocated desire of young adulthood hold these stories together A [...]


    13. Most short story collections, if not all, I ve read before contained stories that differed from each other in terms of characters, narrator, and setting All the stories in Trash are told in Allison s semi or accurately nearly autobiographical voice but they differ in when they happen, where she is and as a result, who she is It was very interesting to see just how different that narrative voice could be, not just as a result of different times or places, but also because of the multi faceted na [...]


    14. I found the stories compelling Usually, I dislike writers who only write what they know, but Allison has a rich enough life to pull it off There are moments when the rawness comes through beautifully, but other times I struggled to follow the story lines Perhaps they weren t meant to be read as stories I often found the writing overly informative, rather than descriptive In other words, it was hard to visualize the surroundings The voices were so strong, but they seemed to float in space My favo [...]


    15. This was a very good group of short stories written by a gay woman who grew up in the south 1950 60 s It was raw and intense I have never read this author before and was glad to discover her work I m now on to another memoir of growing up in the 80 s 90 s called Hillbilly Elegy Very different but also a very good look at what it means to grow up in a working class white family in the south rust belt.


    16. I could barely get through this book for the same reason it took me three tries before I could sit through all of Schindler s List It is indeed powerful and gritty, but just so terrifying and sad, especially River of Names, a basic list of all the horrible things that poverty can drive people to do.


    17. Highly graphic, audacious and twisted, this book of short stories is the precursor to Bastard out of Carolina Although I didn t enjoy Trash nearly as much as Bastard, I did favour Don t Tell Me You Don t Know and I m Working On My Charm booksnakereviews



    18. So Dorothy Allison is something else For one, this book screams 1980s And that s not a bad thing at all, but it does place it pretty firmly in a time and place Dorothy Allison writes about the SOUTH, like the SOOOOOOOOUTH And unlike bullshit artists like JD Vance, any politician, and many many male writers, she doesn t give a shit about your economic anxiety Her collection is not all that different from Doris Betts in that same way Guess what s worse than economic anxiety of white men Being the [...]


    19. Dorothy Allison is not meant to be fucked with This woman created a new topic of understanding in literature what it means to be white, living in poverty in the rural South, as a lesbian, with a past history of familial sexual assault Her collection of short stories is unflinchingly honest There will be times you need to set the book down and breathe The overlapping arcs of class, poverty, and sexuality will give you a new storytelling perspective Her fact shapes her fiction, and damn do her sto [...]


    20. 4.5 stars Some of the most powerful, visceral writing I have read Allison digs deep into her own past growing up poor in the South and wrings out the ugliness and the strength and lays it bare for the reader It feels like the line between memoir and fiction is blurry in this collection and based on the introduction which alone made the collection worth reading , this is deliberate.


    21. I really wanted to like this one I truly loved both the stories and the writing of her two novels But I didn t click with this book of essays The first two were very powerful brutal even but I had a hard time maintaining my enthusiasm for the rest of them.


    22. This collection of short stories was definitely worth the read They were all 3 5 stars for me but my favorites were The introduction Stubborn Girls and Mean StoriesRiver of NamesSteal AwayMonkeybitesHer ThighsMuscles of the MindLupusand Compassion Love Dorothy Allison s writing.


    23. Jesse puts her hands behind my neck, smiles and says, You tell the funniest stories I put my hands behind her back, feeling the ridges of my knuckles pulsing Yeah, I tell her But I lie.


    24. The war between family duties and self sufficiency weaves through Allison s account of what it means to be a comfortable lesbian in a chaotic and damaging and loving family.


    25. Not as wildly good as some of her other work I particularly liked Skin Talking about Sex, Class and Literature but her gorgeous way of describing intimate moments between women made me look at my own body in a new, beautiful way.


    26. Allison might be my favorite author currently Brutally and beautifully honest work, it will break your heart and mend it with how well written it is.



    27. The central fact of my life is that I was born in 1949 in Greenville, South Carolina, the bastard daughter of a white woman from a desperately poor family, a girl who had left the seventh grade the year before, worked as a waitress, and was just a month past fifteen when she birthed me That fact, the inescapable impact of being born in a condition of poverty that this society finds shameful, contemptible, and somehow oddly deserved, has had dominion over me to such an extent that I have spent my [...]


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