Vacuum in the Dark From the Whiting Award winning author of Pretend I m Dead and one of the most exhilarating new voices in fiction a new hilarious edgy and brilliant one of a kind novel about a cleaning lady

  • Title: Vacuum in the Dark
  • Author: Jen Beagin
  • ISBN: Vacuum in the Dark
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  • Page: 416
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the Whiting Award winning author of Pretend I m Dead and one of the most exhilarating new voices in fiction, a new hilarious, edgy, and brilliant one of a kind novel about a cleaning lady named Mona and her struggles to move forward in life.Mona is twenty six and cleans houses for a living in Taos, New Mexico She moved there mostly because of a bad boyfriend a junkie From the Whiting Award winning author of Pretend I m Dead and one of the most exhilarating new voices in fiction, a new hilarious, edgy, and brilliant one of a kind novel about a cleaning lady named Mona and her struggles to move forward in life.Mona is twenty six and cleans houses for a living in Taos, New Mexico She moved there mostly because of a bad boyfriend a junkie named Mr Disgusting, long story and her efforts to restart her life since haven t exactly gone as planned For one thing, she s got another bad boyfriend This one she calls Dark, and he happens to be married to one of Mona s clients He also might be a little unstable.Dark and his wife aren t the only complicated clients on Mona s roster, either There s also the Hungarian artist couple who with her addiction to painkillers and his lingering stares reminds Mona of troubling aspects of her childhood, and some of the underlying reasons her life had to be restarted in the first place As she tries to get over the heartache of her affair and the older pains of her youth, Mona winds up on an eccentric, moving journey of self discovery that takes her back to her beginnings where she attempts to unlock the key to having a sense of home in the future.The only problems are Dark and her past Neither is so easy to get rid of.A constantly surprising, laugh out loud funny novel about an utterly unique woman dealing with some of the most universal issues in America today, Vacuum in the Dark is an unforgettable, astonishing read from one of the freshest voices in fiction today Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 240 pages Expected publication February 26th 2019 by Scribner More Details Original Title Vacuum in the Dark ISBN 1501182145 ISBN13 9781501182143 Other Editions 5 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Vacuum in the Dark, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Anticipated 2019 Literary Fiction 142 books 163 voters Can t Wait Books of 2019 1,074 books 2,408 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Aug 02, 2018 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it it was amazing via my blog While her parents were busy ruining their marriage, she d spent three or four days a week with her paternal grandfather, Woody Boyle, a mild mannered man, an avid reader and functional alcoholic But he d taught her all of life s essentials how to spit like a man, take a good photograph, drive stick, make a stiff drink, swim butterfly, French braid, and, perhaps most importantly, how to play dumb Mona s voice is always entertaining for me as via my blog While her parents were busy ruining their marriage, she d spent three or four days a week with her paternal grandfather, Woody Boyle, a mild mannered man, an avid reader and functional alcoholic But he d taught her all of life s essentials how to spit like a man, take a good photograph, drive stick, make a stiff drink, swim butterfly, French braid, and, perhaps most importantly, how to play dumb Mona s voice is always entertaining for me as it s unfiltered In Pretend I m Dead it was all about her love for drug addict Mr Disgusting and his creepy honesty She staunchly remains messy, keeps her cracks like we all do and isn t going to transform into a perfect human ideal giggling under some rainbow because she has it all figured out Does anyone ever truly do this in real life Wherever you go, there you are whether you ve gained wisdom or not, you re still you So Mr Disgusting is out, what does she do Takes up with a married man she calls Dark, of course, which isn t really a step up from chasing after her dead junkie boyfriend Still cleaning other s filth, she spends her days swooning over the love notes he brazenly leaves behind for her to find on her cleaning days at his home The stupor their love making puts her in dissipates when Rose, his wife, enlightens her about the true state of their marriage Then there is the mystery pooh, yep poop Jen Beagin can spin some of the strangest situations for Mona, darkly hilarious, she seems to witness people at their lowest I shouldn t grin like a lunatic when I read her books but I do This novel is a great escape from the usual writing out there.Soon she meets the barbarians, cats owned by the Kosas, a pill popping Hungarian couple The murderous cats are as exotic as Lena and Paul, both artists with a house that feels like a lover waiting to be explored by Mona Explore it she does, making her own art, taking photographs while talking to herself Terry, her subconscious or imaginary friend , crossing boundaries, as always We learn about Mona s past in this book Yoko and Yoko Shiori and Nigel are still telling her to stay curious but she isn t curious enough about her childhood, would rather leave what is hiding in that dark abyss untouched Lena and Paul convince her to pose nude for them, but it s the way Lena helps Mona feel carefree enough to bare herself that bonds them as much as Lena s war stories Then there are the pills, no big deal Lena can mentor her, help her get her foot into the art world, do something with her photographs Lena helps her give birth to the meaning behind her pictures, which tell a story Mona hadn t been paying attention to until Lena s keen eye comes along Their intimacy happens fast, Mona is finally opening herself up to someone, telling Lena a story she buried long ago, making her vulnerable in a way she has never been and just like that, Lena is gone, a sudden abrupt departure.Mona is left alone to pose for Paul as Lena is called away for work at the gallery, props are firing off memories of her past better left untouched She discovers through Paul that Lena hasn t been as open and forthcoming as she seems There is something about Mona that has inspired Lena to pull her into their world, that has Lena praying for her and for rain, rain in a clear sky Paul wants too much from her, it begins to feel wrong, and to the surface the muck of her long held shame rises The couple may be a catalyst forcing her to understand that her long held beliefs about her relationships have been skewed, always forcing her into the role of villain.Licking her wounds from betrayal, her biological mother calls and asks her to come out to LA and pick up the boxes she has kept Returning feels like regressing, and her mother and stepfather Frank seem to have gone to the birds Drug abuse, mental illness all sorts of troubles in her family genetics, but things can change, people can sober up and face their pain It s never too late for one s mother to take her rightful place in your life, is it For Mona, it s mercy that brings her to tears, and tough Frank may surprise her as much as her reformed mother The forces of nature lead her to a man named Kurt and Bakersfield but old habits die hard, Mona doesn t always do the right thing for herself, and she sometimes figures things out too late, but some people take the long way home Mona likes to chase her own tail, but by the end she may find direction and clarity.I think Jen Beagin is fantastic because maybe I enjoy my characters shell shocked by their life experiences, it is easier to relate to imperfection I loved it Publication Date February 26, 2019Scribner flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 30, 2018 Bandit rated it really liked it Beagin s debut which I read back when it appeared on Netgalley was quite something Her darkly humorous take on the life of a genuinely singular cleaning lady was a strangely pleasurable read And one I d never imagine getting a sequel And yet here we are And the cleaning lady is still at it, vacuuming in the dark, which is not only an occasionally apt job description, but a nice metaphor for her life, no less messed up, confusing or confused since the last time, despite tucking a few yea Beagin s debut which I read back when it appeared on Netgalley was quite something Her darkly humorous take on the life of a genuinely singular cleaning lady was a strangely pleasurable read And one I d never imagine getting a sequel And yet here we are And the cleaning lady is still at it, vacuuming in the dark, which is not only an occasionally apt job description, but a nice metaphor for her life, no less messed up, confusing or confused since the last time, despite tucking a few years under the apron s belt More places to clean, still no personal boundaries, resolving in bizarre relationships and attachments This novel is structured as a quartet of sequential and almost self contained stories which also do a nice job of refreshing the first book for the reader , each one a different situation, a different environment, a different love story in a way, from romantic to parental Essentially what it does is peel off the layers and Beagin s protagonist is one odd onion Or maybe it s like the nesting dolls, each one stranger than the last Either way, the author dips far enough into the past to explain certain present behaviors and tendencies, but after a while it does get slightly frustrating and while explanations might be provided, there doesn t seem to be any closure or changes or maturity The cleaning lady stays consistently quirky and odd and, while I appreciate consistency in real life, fictional ones are usually improved by transformations Mind you, Beagin s created a genuinely terrific original character, but how long can you hit that pi ata and appreciate all the weirdness that emerges That sort of thing tends to get old But yet the book is such an entertaining and funny read There s no reason for it to exist really, but for the author s reluctance to leave the character behind or possibly due to the fact that both books are quite short and should have been one long one to begin with, but it s fun while it lasts and I d probably even check out the further adventures of the cleaning lady if the author comes up with any The book s ending certainly makes you think she might Much like a thing cleaned over and over again no matter how well it doesn t quite have the luster and freshness of the original Fun read though, for cleaning tips, for weird love stories and clever badinage with imaginary friends and all that Easily done in one sitting too Thanks Netgalley flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 03, 2018 Dennis marked it as dnf I m going to have to put this one down for now It s just not the type of book I know would resonate with me flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 13, 2019 Jennifer rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves netgalley ebooks, simon schuster canada arc 2.5 5 starsWhen I first got this book I had no idea that it was connected to a previous book Pretend I m Dead I thought about reading the first book But then decided to just read this book and see if it could stand on its own It definitely does Although the main character Mona s story does apparently begin in the first book.This book is divided into four parts It s basically four different stories that are connected and all narrated by Mona.This is a very adult book The humor is at times 2.5 5 starsWhen I first got this book I had no idea that it was connected to a previous book Pretend I m Dead I thought about reading the first book But then decided to just read this book and see if it could stand on its own It definitely does Although the main character Mona s story does apparently begin in the first book.This book is divided into four parts It s basically four different stories that are connected and all narrated by Mona.This is a very adult book The humor is at times dark The narrator is Mona She is 26 years old and a cleaning lady There were definitely times when things in this book piqued my interest But this story really is unlike anything I normally read The first section was about someone pooping all over a house she was cleaning And truthfully I did not find this funny There is a chapter about her mother, which I also didn t love There are lots of mentions of incest and rape And parts of the story were a bit crude and vulgar to me And then the book just ends The book is different and interesting, but just not for me.Thanks to netgalley and Simon Schuster Canada for allowing me to read this book flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 26, 2018 Janet Newport rated it did not like it Shelves 2018 reads, kindle books, netgalley Thank you NetGalley and Scribner for this arc What Constantly surprising, laugh out loud funny dealing with some of the most universal in America today I must be inhabiting a different America I requested this book based on the publisher s blurb The first book of this series had received somewhat mixed reviews I ve not read it , but seemed to have settled around 3.5 stars So I thought I d try this one3 D rating from me Desperate.Depressing Dismal And I Thank you NetGalley and Scribner for this arc What Constantly surprising, laugh out loud funny dealing with some of the most universal in America today I must be inhabiting a different America I requested this book based on the publisher s blurb The first book of this series had received somewhat mixed reviews I ve not read it , but seemed to have settled around 3.5 stars So I thought I d try this one3 D rating from me Desperate.Depressing Dismal And I skipped through some of the repetitive pages flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 14, 2018 Angela rated it really liked it 4.5 certainly 4 chapters, that made up this mad hatter of a novel Vacuum in the dark and Mona are the most deliciously weird things that have entered my life lately There was a book before this one, and I m hoping there s going to be a book after this one because where we left off was one tick shy of a grave in the desert Jen Beagin strings together words into sentences that my brain would never even think belonged on the same page, but they re beautiful in their entirety Taken one sentence 4.5 certainly 4 chapters, that made up this mad hatter of a novel Vacuum in the dark and Mona are the most deliciously weird things that have entered my life lately There was a book before this one, and I m hoping there s going to be a book after this one because where we left off was one tick shy of a grave in the desert Jen Beagin strings together words into sentences that my brain would never even think belonged on the same page, but they re beautiful in their entirety Taken one sentence at a time they re just weird, but as a whole they re achingly wonderful She s 26, she s a cleaning lady, she gets involved in one love story after another, she s got trauma galore, and somehow this just turned into the Little Mermaid theme song Any way I write it is going to make is sound mundane and it s anything but I ll be waiting for the next novel on tenterhooks flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Kales rated it liked it Shelves 3 star, fiction, arc, mental health Honesty first I didn t get this book I didn t understand it and felt the whole time, that I was missing something huge, symbolic or overall important That said, I don t want to rate it too terribly just because I was missing something or it wasn t my normal type of book It was well written, rather interesting and I finished it, so that says something I just don t want to discourage people who might enjoy this type of story, when it is not really my cup of tea.This reminds me of my reaction Honesty first I didn t get this book I didn t understand it and felt the whole time, that I was missing something huge, symbolic or overall important That said, I don t want to rate it too terribly just because I was missing something or it wasn t my normal type of book It was well written, rather interesting and I finished it, so that says something I just don t want to discourage people who might enjoy this type of story, when it is not really my cup of tea.This reminds me of my reaction to THE LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE I read that and it was deeply out of my comfort zone However, I still gave it a good review because it was a good book but it just made me uncomfortable and is not something I would recommend to everyone This book is the same way It was definitely an out of my element read and that doesn t make it bad, it just makes it out of my norm and therefore, not my favorite One of the things I will commend this book on is the writing and the voice It had such a unique tone to the entire thing that ebbed and flowed throughout the pages Mona was a deeply flawed but interesting character And her exploits and adventures were not ones I would normally follow or agree with but I weirdly enjoyed following her story.That said, this was a slice of life story It was a very limited plot but again, I could be wildly wrong and I just missed a lot of the plot I felt like this book just want over my head I will say, I liked the beginning better than the second half because when she was meeting people and cleaning houses, that was much compelling than her family drama I definitely lost interest in the later half of the book.I don t yet know what I am going to do with this one It was a weird, interesting read for sure Conclusion flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Doug rated it really liked it review of another edition Beagin has a singular voice, and like her stellar first book, Pretend I m Dead, this is a fun, quirky, sui generis romp If I didn t rate it quite as highly, it s because, as with many most sequels, this suffers just a tiny bit from sopho slump cleaning lady Mona was such a surprising, unique character the first time around, that encountering her again doesn t have quite the same impact It s like running into an old friend, and though you re grateful for the encounter, you re ju Beagin has a singular voice, and like her stellar first book, Pretend I m Dead, this is a fun, quirky, sui generis romp If I didn t rate it quite as highly, it s because, as with many most sequels, this suffers just a tiny bit from sopho slump cleaning lady Mona was such a surprising, unique character the first time around, that encountering her again doesn t have quite the same impact It s like running into an old friend, and though you re grateful for the encounter, you re just somehow NOT quite as excited as you were initially Still, should there be a third volume of Mona s exploits and the ending here certainly indicates that IS an option , I d definitely be up for the ride Or really, wherever Beagin wants to take me next My sincere thanks to Scribner and Netgalley for the ARC, in exchange for this honest nd enthusiastic review flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 27, 2018 Rachel Watkins rated it really liked it Shelves arc, scribner, simon schuster Mona is a housecleaner with a complicated past whose closest confidant is the host of NPR s FRESH AIR, Terry Gross, who Mona has a personal relationship with in her active fantasy world mind Mona falls in love with all the wrong people and houses and is secretly a gifted photographer This book is weird and I loved it flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 01, 2019 MisterHobgoblin rated it liked it I loved Jen Beagin s first novel, Pretend I m Dead We met Mona, an intelligent woman who is a cleaner Just a cleaner Not a student working as a cleaner, or a writer working as a cleaner, or a mother of three working as cleaner Just a cleaner And Mona was quirky, enjoying both her work she knows how to clean pretty much any mark or stain , and also taking selfies in her clients apartments and sometimes in their clothes Vacuuming In The Dark is pretty much the same Mona has relocated from I loved Jen Beagin s first novel, Pretend I m Dead We met Mona, an intelligent woman who is a cleaner Just a cleaner Not a student working as a cleaner, or a writer working as a cleaner, or a mother of three working as cleaner Just a cleaner And Mona was quirky, enjoying both her work she knows how to clean pretty much any mark or stain , and also taking selfies in her clients apartments and sometimes in their clothes Vacuuming In The Dark is pretty much the same Mona has relocated from Massachusetts to New Mexico and meets a different set of grotesque clients Mostly it feels like an episodic novel, distinct novella short story sections with a thin narrative thread running through to hold them together Those episodes are quite readable, but a bit like Mona s life, there s a sense that it isn t really going anywhere The quirkiness feels a little bit stale, the vibrancy of the first novel seems to have dulled The tropes Terry the talkshow DJ Mr Disgusting Mona s ambiguous sexuality start to feel repetitive It must be hard to follow up a quirky hit Mark Haddon and Graeme Simsion would attest to that But writing the same novel as last time wasn t the right way to do it flag Like see review Dec 16, 2018 Andrea rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 I downloaded this title months ago from Netgalley, and I m not sure why I waited so long to read it I did not realize that it was a sequel, even as I was reading it until I looked up the book to see what the reviews were like Not surprisingly, the reviews for this title run the gamut.Vacuum in the Dark is the story of Mona, an artistic, emotionally struggling cleaning lady who maintains an ongoing friendship in her mind with Terry Gross the NPR newscaster Mona i 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 I downloaded this title months ago from Netgalley, and I m not sure why I waited so long to read it I did not realize that it was a sequel, even as I was reading it until I looked up the book to see what the reviews were like Not surprisingly, the reviews for this title run the gamut.Vacuum in the Dark is the story of Mona, an artistic, emotionally struggling cleaning lady who maintains an ongoing friendship in her mind with Terry Gross the NPR newscaster Mona is deliciously weird I immediately liked her for all of her quirks However, the story tends not only to the absurd but often to the vulgar and definitely toward the extremes There is heavy graphic sexual undertones, backstories involving sexual abuse, and decidedly unhealthy coping mechanisms.All that said, I really enjoyed the book It is not for everybody and I d be very careful about who I would recommend it to, but I will recommend it I also plan to read the first book in the series and look forward to from Jen Beagin with thanks to Netgalley for the digital ARC in exchange for this honest review flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Eva rated it liked it The blurb for this book refers to this being a constantly surprising, laugh out loud funny novel As a reader and reviewer I see this being true for the first 10 20 pages of the book After that the book takes on the tragic life of a woman who grew up with traumatic experiences and poor role models These factors play a role in how Mona gets through life, most of it in a detached way The lack of love for herself results in others treating her poorly too A few exceptions arise when Mona co The blurb for this book refers to this being a constantly surprising, laugh out loud funny novel As a reader and reviewer I see this being true for the first 10 20 pages of the book After that the book takes on the tragic life of a woman who grew up with traumatic experiences and poor role models These factors play a role in how Mona gets through life, most of it in a detached way The lack of love for herself results in others treating her poorly too A few exceptions arise when Mona confides in her neighbours and the man she met during an earthquake.Many parts of this well written somewhat exploratory novel are very affecting and uncomfortable but needed to be told for the reader to understand the character Read this book to learn about the less hilarious side of Mona s life and how Mona tries to make changes in her life and move forward.Thanks to netgalley and scribnerbooks for this ARC in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Nov 30, 2018 Brittany Larson rated it liked it Shelves netgalley Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review In some ways this book felt pretentious and depressing, but at the same time I was kind of into it It s less of a novel and a collection of four related short stories The point, to me, is less about the narrative and getting into the head of the narrator and feeling what she feels In that way, I think this book will stay with me for awhile, but I ve already forgotten most of t Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review In some ways this book felt pretentious and depressing, but at the same time I was kind of into it It s less of a novel and a collection of four related short stories The point, to me, is less about the narrative and getting into the head of the narrator and feeling what she feels In that way, I think this book will stay with me for awhile, but I ve already forgotten most of the characters names I love that she has a running dialogue in her head with Terry Gross, host of NPR s Fresh Air Super random, but it also totally worked All in all, I liked how this book made me think and feel, but not a lot of story I would read by Jen Beagin, though, I can see her doing great things flag Like see review Nov 12, 2018 Geoff rated it really liked it When I heard that there would be a sequel to Beagin s Pretend I m Dead, I was thrilled I loved that book so much, loved the voice of the main character well, really, the voice of Beagin and the familiar strangeness of her world.The sequel, I m happy to say, is just as weird and delightful, one those rare books that does actually make me laugh out loud when I m reading it, even in public As with Pretend I m Dead, I could have gone on reading had the book been two or three times as long, I wo When I heard that there would be a sequel to Beagin s Pretend I m Dead, I was thrilled I loved that book so much, loved the voice of the main character well, really, the voice of Beagin and the familiar strangeness of her world.The sequel, I m happy to say, is just as weird and delightful, one those rare books that does actually make me laugh out loud when I m reading it, even in public As with Pretend I m Dead, I could have gone on reading had the book been two or three times as long, I would not have gotten tired of it I suppose my only real critique is how much the story bounces around, leaving a love interest behind abruptly even if spoilers he comes back around in the end I hope Beagin keeps writing books featuring Mona I ll read each and every one flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Dec 23, 2018 Bin rated it it was amazing This book hits all the right notes for me It has a raw energy that is sad and dark in one moment and laugh out loud funny in the next, but mostly it s just very strange I didn t realize this book is a sequel until I look the author up for other books she has written I am definitely going to buy the first one to find out how it all began.Thanks you NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review flag Like see review Dec 31, 2018 Emma rated it it was amazing Humorously dark Jen Beagin spins a seemingly ridiculous tale at first which keeps digging deeper and deeper into the dark pasts and dark day dreams of people The reader is forced into a rollercoaster of uncomfortable emotions paired with serious moments and laugh out loud one liners Mona embodies than just your average cleaning lady She subtly reminds each reader of the world behind the curtain or what may be going on in the world of those unseen flag Like see review Dec 24, 2018 Maude Arcand rated it it was ok Shelves netgalley Vacuum in the Dark by Jen Beagin, is the story of Mona a house cleaner who has dialogues with her inner voice, she calls Terry Mona makes up names for her lovers, Mr Dark, Mr Disgusting, neighbors, Yoko Yoko A lot of toilet talk, poop, stool, smell of urine, with a few cleaning tips thrown in I did not finish reading this book but having read 30%, I do feel certain that it was not going to be for me.Thank you NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange of an honest opinion flag Like see review Dec 19, 2018 Jamie Shaw rated it liked it Shelves giveaways Well.I had to really get my sense of humor in check for this From the first page I was like, who writes this stuff It is raw and hilarious Disturbingly funny at times Sad at other times I don t usually indulge in this genre of book but was pleased to veer off my usual path and have a few good laughs Thank you to Scribner for the ARC flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 James Beggarly rated it really liked it Great lead character She takes us through the bizarre homes she cleans for a living, through her past and shares her debilitating love life, all while talking to her imaginary friend, radio personality Terry Gross An honest, funny and very sexy book flag Like see review Dec 13, 2018 Darren rated it really liked it I got this as a arc e book from net galley I enjoyed reading it It had a good story to it It is made for the 18 crowd because of the content in it It is my first book by this author I hope to read books by this author flag Like see review Jan 16, 2019 Annarella rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, humorous fiction, netgalley, ngchallenge2019 A good, entertaining book.It s full of a sort of dark humour, with quirky characters and a somewhat weird plot.I can say I liked it even if I was expecting something else.An interesting read experience.Recommended Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC flag Like see review Oct 19, 2018 Ariela rated it really liked it Delightfully strange flag Like see review Sep 27, 2018 Tianna Moxley rated it it was amazing Shelves dark realism, quirky humor, reviewed This novel is a triumph a testament to Jen Beagin s masterful ability to depict the struggles of a widely trampled generation in all it s crass, defiant beauty Mona is a poignant and obscurely hilarious protagonist who struggles with a messy past, bad relationships, obscene thoughts, and a disassembled life Her cutting humor makes it OK to not be OK and her stark realism brings the absurdities of adulthood into vivid focus Vacuum in the Dark is a love letter to those who are the misfits of t This novel is a triumph a testament to Jen Beagin s masterful ability to depict the struggles of a widely trampled generation in all it s crass, defiant beauty Mona is a poignant and obscurely hilarious protagonist who struggles with a messy past, bad relationships, obscene thoughts, and a disassembled life Her cutting humor makes it OK to not be OK and her stark realism brings the absurdities of adulthood into vivid focus Vacuum in the Dark is a love letter to those who are the misfits of their own life It will make you laugh loud, cry hard, and otherwise occupy any hole left in you to fill flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Dec 06, 2018 Kelsey added it Shelves for work A little obsessed with this and her I went from laughing out loud to feeling intensely physically uncomfortable and back again Insanely dark and yet not depressing, in fact kind of delightful So fricken weird and wonderful flag Like see review Carol rated it it was amazing Dec 23, 2018 Tais rated it it was amazing Dec 02, 2018 Tyler Goodson rated it it was amazing Oct 03, 2018 Jan 03, 2019 Tanya rated it liked it Too be honest, this book was not my cup of tea I really did not enjoy reading it I guess that I was expecting I enjoy a book with somewhat depth than this one flag Like see review Andrianna Yeatts rated it really liked it Nov 20, 2018 Nov 23, 2018 Karen Moll added it Shelves read in 2018, audio, humor Mona has recently moved to Taos, NM from Massachusetts following the loss of boyfriend Here, she makes a living cleaning houses for the quirky clientele of Taos While cleaning, Mona converses with her imaginary version of Terry Gross, the host of the NPR show, Fresh Air Mona is humorous, funny, self deprecating with a touch of despair She finds humor in the sad moments About half way through, it takes a turn to the sadder side, but we find greater depth and appreciation for Mona s character Mona has recently moved to Taos, NM from Massachusetts following the loss of boyfriend Here, she makes a living cleaning houses for the quirky clientele of Taos While cleaning, Mona converses with her imaginary version of Terry Gross, the host of the NPR show, Fresh Air Mona is humorous, funny, self deprecating with a touch of despair She finds humor in the sad moments About half way through, it takes a turn to the sadder side, but we find greater depth and appreciation for Mona s character, however at this point the book seemed like two different novels to me This book is funny and will make you laugh out loud I wasn t expecting the serious part of the book, but I didn t mind I will definitely go back and read 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    1. via my blog While her parents were busy ruining their marriage, she d spent three or four days a week with her paternal grandfather, Woody Boyle, a mild mannered man, an avid reader and functional alcoholic But he d taught her all of life s essentials how to spit like a man, take a good photograph, drive stick, make a stiff drink, swim butterfly, French braid, and, perhaps most importantly, how to play dumb Mona s voice is always entertaining for me as via my blog While her parents were busy rui [...]

    2. Beagin s debut which I read back when it appeared on Netgalley was quite something Her darkly humorous take on the life of a genuinely singular cleaning lady was a strangely pleasurable read And one I d never imagine getting a sequel And yet here we are And the cleaning lady is still at it, vacuuming in the dark, which is not only an occasionally apt job description, but a nice metaphor for her life, no less messed up, confusing or confused since the last time, despite tucking a few yea Beagin [...]

    3. I m going to have to put this one down for now It s just not the type of book I know would resonate with me.

    4. 2.5 5 starsWhen I first got this book I had no idea that it was connected to a previous book Pretend I m Dead I thought about reading the first book But then decided to just read this book and see if it could stand on its own It definitely does Although the main character Mona s story does apparently begin in the first book.This book is divided into four parts It s basically four different stories that are connected and all narrated by Mona.This is a very adult book The humor is at times 2.5 5 s [...]

    5. Thank you NetGalley and Scribner for this arc What Constantly surprising, laugh out loud funny dealing with some of the most universal in America today I must be inhabiting a different America I requested this book based on the publisher s blurb The first book of this series had received somewhat mixed reviews I ve not read it , but seemed to have settled around 3.5 stars So I thought I d try this one3 D rating from me Desperate.Depressing Dismal And I Thank you NetGalley and Scribner for this a [...]

    6. 4.5 certainly 4 chapters, that made up this mad hatter of a novel Vacuum in the dark and Mona are the most deliciously weird things that have entered my life lately There was a book before this one, and I m hoping there s going to be a book after this one because where we left off was one tick shy of a grave in the desert Jen Beagin strings together words into sentences that my brain would never even think belonged on the same page, but they re beautiful in their entirety Taken one sentence 4.5 [...]

    7. Honesty first I didn t get this book I didn t understand it and felt the whole time, that I was missing something huge, symbolic or overall important That said, I don t want to rate it too terribly just because I was missing something or it wasn t my normal type of book It was well written, rather interesting and I finished it, so that says something I just don t want to discourage people who might enjoy this type of story, when it is not really my cup of tea.This reminds me of my reaction Hones [...]

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