Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class (Live Girls) (Paperback)

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By Michelle Tea (Editor)
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An urgent testament to the trials of life for women living without a financial safety net

Indie icon Michelle Tea--whose memoir The Chelsea Whistle details her own working-class roots in gritty Chelsea, Massachusetts--shares these fierce, honest, tender essays written by women who can't go home to the suburbs when ends don't meet. When jobs are scarce and the money has dwindled, these writers have nowhere to go but below the poverty line. The writers offer their different stories not for sympathy or sadness, but an unvarnished portrait of how it was, is, and will be for generations of women growing up working class in America. These wide-ranging essays cover everything from selling blood for grocery money to the culture shock of "jumping" class. Contributors include Dorothy Allison, Bee Lavender, Eileen Myles, and Daisy Hernández.

About the Author

Michelle Tea is the author of The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America, the Lambda awardwinning Valencia, and The Chelsea Whistle, and coeditor of Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache. She lives in San Francisco."

Praise For…

"Encouraging and enlightening"—Philadelphia Tribune
Product Details
ISBN: 9781580051033
ISBN-10: 1580051030
Publisher: Seal Press
Publication Date: February 6th, 2004
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Live Girls