8 December, 2021

Great Works of Literary Fantasy Fiction

Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls, Alissa NuttingLIT FANT 4

Nutting’s stories are the weirdest, which if you’ve been a follower of this space, you’ll recognize as the compliment it is. This slim collection, which was chosen by Ben Marcus as the winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction, starts off with a Table of Jobs — which is of course a table of stories — that includes offerings like “Bandleader’s Girlfriend,” “Corpse Smoker,” and “Dinner.” But though the stories Nutting tells are swathed in surreality, stripped bare they’re tiny, piercing studies of the way people are.

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