Author(s): Eileen Myles
Eileen Myles, the popular author of Chelsea Girls and Not Me, the poet who ran an openly female campaign for president in 1992, now gives us a talking masterpiece of a novel that scratches out and rewrites the picture of what fifty years of female life looks like today.
Cool For You is a darkly comic novel that traces the downbeat progress of an Irish American girl through a series of stuttering efforts to leave home. Cool For You's tough girl narrator wants to be an astronaut. Instead, she becomes a poet and takes us on a ferocious tour of, low-end schools, pathetic jobs, and unmade beds.
This is a book hell-bent on telling the truth about poor women, how they do and do not get out of the hands of the family and the State.
Grainy and stripped, this gritty novel traces the downbeat progress of a girl growing up in working-class Boston.
Introduction by Chris Kraus