Pretend I'm Dead

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Pretend I'm Dead
240 pages
A young housecleaner volunteering at a needle-exchange program falls for an addict trying to get clean. After "Mr. Disgusting" breaks her heart, she absconds to Valdez, New Mexico, a place as dry as Beagin's humor. Living in half of an adobe house that "leaned to one side in what seemed like shame or disappointment," she meets a cast of weirdos whom Beagin, channeling the late Denis Johnson, imbues with wondrous compassion.    
— Michelle Hart