On Sale: February 26, 2019
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Women's Fiction Contemporary
From the Whiting Award-winning author of Pretend Iâ€™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
boyfriendâ€”a junkie named Mr. Disgusting, long storyâ€”and her
efforts to restart her life since havenâ€™t exactly gone as
planned. For one thing, sheâ€™s got another bad boyfriend.
This one she calls Dark, and he happens to be married to one
of Monaâ€™s clients. He also might be a little unstable.
Dark and his wife arenâ€™t the only complicated clients on
Monaâ€™s roster, either. Thereâ€™s also the Hungarian artist
couple whoâ€”with her addiction to painkillers and his
lingering staresâ€”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 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.
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