Trash: Stories



Trash: StoriesTrash, Allison S Landmark Collection, Laid The Groundwork For Her Critically Acclaimed Bastard Out Of Carolina, The National Book Award Finalist That Was Hailed By The New York Times Book Review As Simply Stunninga Wonderful Work Of Fiction By A Major Talent In Addition To Allison S Classic Stories, This New Edition Of Trash Features Stubborn Girls And Mean Stories, An Introduction In Which Allison Discusses The Writing Of Trash And Compassion, A Never Before Published Short Story.First Published In 1988, The Award Winning Trash Showcases Allison At Her Most Fearlessly Honest And Startlingly Vivid The Limitless Scope Of Human Emotion And Experience Are Depicted In Stories That Give Aching And Eloquent Voice To The Terrible Wounds We Inflict On Those Closest To Us These Are Tales Of Loss And Redemption Of Shame And Forgiveness Of Love And Abuse And The Healing Power Of Storytelling A Book That Resonates With Uncompromising Candor And Incandescence, Trash Is Sure To Captivate Allison S Legion Of Readers And Win Her A Devoted New Following.

Dorothy Allison is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers Themes in Allison s work include class struggle, child and sexual abuse, women, lesbianism, feminism, and family.Allison s first novel, the semi autobiographical Bastard Out of Carolina, was published in 1992 and was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award in 1998, a prize given annually to an individual whose work within the small press and independent bookstore circuit has helped sustain that enterprise.

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  • Paperback
  • 240 pages
  • Trash: Stories
  • Dorothy Allison
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 0452283515

10 thoughts on “Trash: Stories

  1. Jude says:

    This is where i fell in love with Dorothy Allison this is where i found a voice like no other and first heard her clear invocation of story as not merely survival but triumph life itself lived with a degree of accountability that is specific to finding the language with which to face it.

  2. Larry Bassett says:

    This is an amazing book It is filled with stories Some stories of brutality that you pray you will never experience and some about the strength of families that you might look for, even hope for.My first book by Dorothy Allison was Bastard Out of Carolina I gave it five stars and wanted to readIt took me six months to pick up the next book I picked Trash because I like short stories and it is one of Allison s first published books, maybe the fi This is an amazing book It is filled with stories Some stories of brutality that you pray you will never experience and some about the strength of families that you might look for, even hope for.My first book by Dorothy Allison was Bastard Out of Carolina I gave it five stars and wanted to readIt took me six months to pick up the next book I picked Trash because I like short stories and it is one of Allison s first published books, maybe the first I liked Dorothy right away It was hard for me not to like a lesbian author who writes freely and proudly about her lesbian life And there is plenty of that in Trash If you want to read her, get used to her being in your face There was a day in my life when I decided to live After my childhood, after all that long terrible struggle to simply survive, to escape my stepfather, uncles, speeding Pontiacs, broken glass and rotten floorboards, or that inevitable death by misadventure that claimed so many of my cousins after watching so many die around me, I had not imagined that I would ever need to make such a choice I had imagined the hunger for life in me was insatiable, endless, unshakable After experiencing some of what is called life, Dorothy said, I began to dream longingly of my own death Thus Trash begins and Allison s writing career gets off to a shaky start The first pages after the preface are called River of Names Story after story of unspeakable physical and verbal violence against children and babies You cannot believe anyone could do what is told But the storyteller Dorothy says, But I lie You have to believe her because what she says could not be true But there is also humor I do not lie Here is an example of a joke What s a South Carolina virgin At s a ten year old can run fast Laughing yet Actually, the story I m Working on My Charm about waitressing is funny I thought so anyway And the story Steal Away about shoplifting through college is another one where I have to ask, Fact or Fiction But you have to hope that you have left the shear brutality behind.As is true with many short story collections, some have appeared in print publications previously And some appear in her books subsequently For me they accommodate re reading quite nicely.I am not sure why I am focused on the truth or fiction of the writing The truth may be that her writing is autobiographical but leans a little away from the truth Some of her books are listed as non fiction and some as fiction I don t know who decided that But she does come to the question of lies regularly Here is an exchange with Toni, one of herthan several lovers that we meet in the book Keeping your eyes down and your voice so soft Wearing those silly assed sandals and damn fool embroidered denim blouses Always telling those drawling lies about all your cousins, and granddaddies, and uncles They ain t lies Then they should be Some criticize her for writing that apparently condones the promiscuity of her life Maybe it is just serial monogamy as a result of the number of years of change and alert flirting.Dorothy Allison makes fun of Southern writers.Toni pulled a library book out of her backpack and tossed it in my direction Or Flannery O Connor This one s just like you, honey She d have given you a vision of Jesus with monkey s blood She d have had you chop off your own fingers and feed them to the monkey Toni hugged her pack to her ribs and rocked with giggles Shit girl, it s just too much, too Southern Gothic catfish and monkeys and chewed off fingers Throw in a little red dirt and chicken feathers, a little incest and shotgun shells, and you could join the literary tradition Toni goes on to dissect Allison s own writing and storytelling in a way that lets us know what Allison thinks about her own writing The story Monkeybites is a ranting self analysis given as a lovers quarrel between two women It is powerful There is no doubt that Dorothy Allison is putting herself out there for us to see This book is from twenty five years ago It is from a time when lesbians were coming outfrequently and with fewer apologies Dorothy Allison is one of those This book strongly reflects her lesbianism The Helen Reddy 1972 song, I am Woman, hear me roar predates Allison by a decade but its words describe her and the many others coming out in the 80s I am invincible This book starts out so intense it is hard to imagine how it could sustain that level for the entire book I think it is actually good to say that the intensity does back off after the first couple of chapters but it easily maintains its level as an excellent work Now I have read two Dorothy Allison books and rated both five stars I think I will move on to another of her books to see if she holds her high quality.Oh, and get ready to learn Dorothy s version of lesbian life She says she been part of it since she was seventeen She was born in 1949 so it seems she came out in the mid60s You could say she had a rough early life and you can read about it in her writing Let me not end this without saying the obvious she is a feminist as well as considering herself a femme I want to knowabout her Her work is autobiographical while still leaving some questions of fact or fiction There does not seem to be a biography about her yet Maybe after reading all her writing there is not much left to say One last thing before I let you go If Dorothy Allison is ever to put together a cook book, it will be a Lesbian Cook Book It s true The diet of poor Southerners is among the worst in the world, though it s tasty, very tasty There s pork fat or chicken grease in every dish, white sugar in the cobblers, pralines, and fudge, and flour, fat, and salt in the gravies lots of salt in everything The vegetables got cooked to limp strands with no fiber left at all Mothers give sidemeat to their toddlers as pacifiers and slip them whiskey with honey at the first sign of teething, a cold, or a fever Most of my cousins lost their teeth in their twenties and took up drinking as early as they put sugar in their iced tea I try not to eat so much sugar, try not to drink, try to limit pork and salt and white flour, but the truth is I am always hungry for it the smell and taste of the food my mama fed me Go read some Dorothy Allison I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do, as perverted as that may sound You will read some great stories about lesbian sex Now I m done

  3. Book Riot Community says:

    While this collection of stories is slim, odds are it ll take you a few days to trek through I was confident it was a two night read, but the gritty, harnessed prose slowed me up and caused it to take about a week When you read one of Allison s stories, it takes time to digest As a reader I was encouraged to dissect each one, but felt as if the job had already been done for me intentionally Digging for the deeper meaning seems entirely against Allison s intention, but at the same time is gut While this collection of stories is slim, odds are it ll take you a few days to trek through I was confident it was a two night read, but the gritty, harnessed prose slowed me up and caused it to take about a week When you read one of Allison s stories, it takes time to digest As a reader I was encouraged to dissect each one, but felt as if the job had already been done for me intentionally Digging for the deeper meaning seems entirely against Allison s intention, but at the same time is gut wrenchingly necessary Everything is on the table Aram Mrjoianfrom The Best Books We Read In May

  4. Carl R. says:

    Dorothy Allison is one of my favorite people, even though I don t know her I ve shaken her hand and seen heard her speak at Squaw Valley and at Tin House, though, and I ve read enough of her work to know that she is one rare package of compassion, humor, and bitterness Trash is full of early stories, stories from what she calls her yellow pages in the forward, those pages being a legal pad on which she originally scribbled down recollections of her childhood with no thought of publication Sh Dorothy Allison is one of my favorite people, even though I don t know her I ve shaken her hand and seen heard her speak at Squaw Valley and at Tin House, though, and I ve read enough of her work to know that she is one rare package of compassion, humor, and bitterness Trash is full of early stories, stories from what she calls her yellow pages in the forward, those pages being a legal pad on which she originally scribbled down recollections of her childhood with no thought of publication She d go back home to the motel where the war on poverty government put her up while she was in training for a position with the Social Security administration There, with time on her hands and no money to go out, she d write Later on, she rewrote, then rewrote again And, I guess, again Then there were some stories added on, and what we end up with is a series of stories linked as they like to say now about growing up in a particular house in a particular community that the world labeled as garbage Allison is not on a mission to sentimentalize or excuse her people or herself Most of her cousins, she says, were dead or drunk or pregnant or toothless at a young age There were so many we were without number and, like tadpoles, if there was one less from time to time, who counted My maternal great grandmother had six sons, five daughters Each one made at least six Some made nine Six times six, eleven times nine They went on like multiplication tables They died and were not missed She herself was the victim of a molesting and physically abusive stepfather whom her mother who had her while unmarried at fifteen couldn t quite figure out how to leave Though she doesn t gloss over the uglies, she writes with great passion about the virtues, makes vicious and well deserved fun of writers and others who deign to judge, to pretend they know what it s like to grow up poor in Greenville, NC because they ve read a little Faulkner or Flannery O Connor Allison uses trash to define herself in the defiant way that black people us Nigger and gays use Queer We can call each other that name, but you better not In truth, we have no other literary voice that I know of from Allison s people Neither Faulkner nor O Connor, as effectively as they wrote about the south, came from the redneck poor life and folks from which Allison escaped And neither of them was at least openly gay And Allison is not only open, but fierce about it These stories are autobiographical, but they are not memoir They stand as true pieces of fiction, and you can t tell which is the biography and which is the made up Gospel Song, is a good example, the story of her albino friend with parents who run a gospel singing troupe Whether or not there really was a Shannon Pearl in Allison s life, her friendship with another outcast becomes a true symbol of what it means to live reviled and rejected And the closing story, Compassion, about her mother s death is as touching a piece of prose as you ll ever read Love and cruelty nestled side by side Almost operatic If you re looking for booze, sex, and pot, you ll find plenty of that in Trash as well But what you ll find mostly is well crafted, deeply true and wrenching stories drawn directly from a worlds you can barely imagine

  5. Amory Blaine says:

    We are under so many illusions about our powersillusions that vary with the moon, the mood, the moment Waxing, we are all powerful We are the mother destroyers, She Who Eats Her Young, devours her lover, her own heart great winged midnight creatures and the witches of legend Waning, we are powerless We are the outlaws of the earth, daughters of nightmare, victimized, raped, and abandoned in our own bodies We tell ourselves lies and pretend not to know the difference It takes all we ha We are under so many illusions about our powersillusions that vary with the moon, the mood, the moment Waxing, we are all powerful We are the mother destroyers, She Who Eats Her Young, devours her lover, her own heart great winged midnight creatures and the witches of legend Waning, we are powerless We are the outlaws of the earth, daughters of nightmare, victimized, raped, and abandoned in our own bodies We tell ourselves lies and pretend not to know the difference It takes all we have to know the truth, to believe in ourselves without reference to moon or magic The only magic we have is what we make of ourselves, the muscles we build up on the inside, the sense of belief we create from nothing I used to watch my mama hold off terror with only the edges of her own eyes for a shield, and I still don t know how she did it But I am her daughter and have as much muscle in me as she ever did It s just that some days I am not strong enough I stretch myself out a little, and then my own fear pulls me back in The shaking starts inside Then I have to stretch myself again Waxing and waning through my life, maybe I m building up layers of strength inside me Maybe The Muscles of the Mind

  6. katyjanereads says:

    1 I grew up watching the movie Bastard Out of Carolina I was obsessed with it In 2018 I finally read the book and it was just as good I love Dorothy Allison s writing It s matter of fact and describes country life perfectly This book didn t disappoint Some of the stories were mentioned in both books but I didn t even care 2 I enjoyed the beginning and middle of the bookthan the ending 3 I loved the introduction just as much as the rest of the book We become what we did not in 1 I grew up watching the movie Bastard Out of Carolina I was obsessed with it In 2018 I finally read the book and it was just as good I love Dorothy Allison s writing It s matter of fact and describes country life perfectly This book didn t disappoint Some of the stories were mentioned in both books but I didn t even care 2 I enjoyed the beginning and middle of the bookthan the ending 3 I loved the introduction just as much as the rest of the book We become what we did not intend, and still the one thing I know for sure is that only my sense of humor will sustain me Sometimes I was so angry, I wrote to stop my own rage Mostly I was angry, and drunk on words, the sound of wordsthan the way they looked on the page Why write stories To join the conversation Literature is a conversation a lively enthralling exchange that constantly challenges and widens our own imagination The decision to live when everything inside and out shouts death is not a matter of moments but years, and no one has ever told me how you know when it is accomplished Some days I think the way to make a storyteller is to refuse to tell her what happened 4 She talked about being put on probation for wearing a pantsuit to the office instead of a dress and that her stepfather had to cosign on her credit card application That s some Handmaid s Tale crap 5 Eight year old Tommy hanging in the barn 6 Other quotes I loved What did your grandmother smell like I lie to her the way I always do, a lie stolen from a book Like lavender, stomach churning over the memory of sour sweat and snuff The smallest, sharpest, most expensive items rested behind my teeth, behind that smile that remained my ultimate shield Bullshit and apple butter I m justwoman than the men in this town can handle And I veleft to me than most people get to start out 7 These parts sickened me Almost always, we were raped, my cousins and I That was some kind of joke, too What s a South Carolina virgin At s a ten year old can run fast On rape With the prick still in them, the broom handle, the tree branch, the grease gunobjects, things not to be believedwhiskey bottles, can openers, grass shears, glass, metal, vegetablesnot to be believed, not to be believed Someone throwing a match at someone to teach them a lesson when they had gasoline all over them.Someone using their son to beat up other men Uncle Matthew started swinging Bo like a scythe, going after the bigger boys, Bo s head thudding their shoulders, their hips Afterward, Bo crawled around in the dirt, the blood running out of his ears and his tongue hanging out of his mouth 8 The chapter Mama reminded me so much of my own mom that it made me tear up in places and I read the quotes to her that I loved the most Our mother s body is with us in its details She is recreated in each of us strength of bone and the skin curling over the thick flesh the women of our family have always worn Sometimes my love for her would choke me and I would ache to have her open her eyes and see me there, to see how much I loved her But the idea that anything could touch my mother, that anything would dare to hurt her, was impossible to bear I thought of my mama like a mountain or a cave, a force of nature, a woman who had saved her own life and mine, and would surely save us both over and over again But Mama grew into my body like an extra layer of warm protective fat, closing me around 9 I love that she said that loving Shannon Pearl was a lesson in love because of her albinism 10 Her mom ticked me off when she took away her daughter s Thursday big tip night so she could get all the tips instead.11 I want to read the books she mentioned Sadism in the Movies and The Sexual Life of Savages.12 Her obsession with greens is my life That was my entire childhood and I could eat greens with bacon and a little hot pepper every single day 13 She was attracted to her cousin Temple and she was 11 years older There s a lot going on with that relationship14 I have literally never heard of the sport jai alai 15 I learned that the Barr dollars are only worth, at the most, 20

  7. Andrea says:

    This is one that I initially read in a writing workshop class in college my copy ended up going home with a roommate, but the stories stuck with me anyway It recently popped into my head again, and of course the library had a copy, so I decided it was time for a re read.In short, it s a fantastic collection The stories are hard and unsentimental, often violent and sometimes horrifying, but also surprisingly beautiful at times Nothing is presented about how things ought to be it is simply ho This is one that I initially read in a writing workshop class in college my copy ended up going home with a roommate, but the stories stuck with me anyway It recently popped into my head again, and of course the library had a copy, so I decided it was time for a re read.In short, it s a fantastic collection The stories are hard and unsentimental, often violent and sometimes horrifying, but also surprisingly beautiful at times Nothing is presented about how things ought to be it is simply how they are The tactile details, the voices of each character, the rough desperation, rage, and stubborn acceptance are immediate, immersive, and real The stories are short, and it s quick to simply read all the words on the page, but each story demands reflection and digestion It s not an easy read, but well worth the effort

  8. Jim says:

    Allison is not a writer whose work I read for fun, no She delves so much in the darker edges of poor Southern life with its violence, meanness, anger, struggle, and bigotry Tough people, many of whom work hard and try to keep themselves above water, while so many turn todestructive choices Surely part of her appeal beyond that to the lesbian community is her willingness to explain what most people choose to ignore It is hard for me to call these stories fiction and I know they are Allison is not a writer whose work I read for fun, no She delves so much in the darker edges of poor Southern life with its violence, meanness, anger, struggle, and bigotry Tough people, many of whom work hard and try to keep themselves above water, while so many turn todestructive choices Surely part of her appeal beyond that to the lesbian community is her willingness to explain what most people choose to ignore It is hard for me to call these stories fiction and I know they are often described as autobiographical , because they feel so muchlike nonfiction and yes, they say one should write what they know The stories I liked best were Gospel Song and I m Working on My Charm Meanest Women Ever Left Tennessee was good, but hard to like The little section on stealing was interesting It was hard to read about caring for her mother at the end

  9. stahrwars says:

    between 3,5 and 4 Mama and Don t tell me you don t know were amazing and I enjoyed most of the stories that focussed on her family.

  10. Matt says:

    This is powerful, intense, moving writing The introduction alone is a stunning piece of work, describing the author s decision to live and to write her stories It is a testament to the power the creation of literature has to save and sustain a life The standard frequenty cited to determine whether or not someone is a real writer is whether or not that person would write if they knew no one would ever read their work In Dorothy Allison s case, the choice between writing and not writing is This is powerful, intense, moving writing The introduction alone is a stunning piece of work, describing the author s decision to live and to write her stories It is a testament to the power the creation of literature has to save and sustain a life The standard frequenty cited to determine whether or not someone is a real writer is whether or not that person would write if they knew no one would ever read their work In Dorothy Allison s case, the choice between writing and not writing is presented as a literal choice between life and death I believe we can confidently call Dorothy Allison a real writer The stories in this volume are often startling in their power there is no other way to put it life is right there, staring and grabbing at you from the pages

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