Pretend I'm Dead
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
— Michelle Hart