The Beautifully Worthless

The Beautifully Worthless

Winner of the 2005 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Lesbian Fiction

A runaway waitress leaves her lover, grabs her dog and hits the highway. Liebegott maps her travels in a series of hilarious and heartbreaking letters to the girl she left behind, and some of the most exquisite poetry written about love, heartache and madness.

Praise for The Beautifully Worthless:

"The Beautifully Worthless is an outrageous act of kindness."—Eileen Myles

"She's insanely talented, it's mad. The Beautifully Worthless crisscrosses the USA, like Close to the Knives, like Kerouac, desperately seeking out everything occluded and driven, a frenzy of seeking frozen into poetry. “—Kevin Killian

"The Beautifully Worthless is a genre-smudging, American Mythos-screwing hell of a book. Never falling into the twee or succumbing to the snarky, Liebegott’s wit, astuteness and assured poetics come together to create this marvel of empathy & mercy, decency & heart; it affirms the possibility that hope is tenable and that living is worth the life itself. This is an atlas for every queerly vagabond soul, a pillow book for the hopelessly heartweary.”—Justin Chin

“Ali Liebegott’s The Beautifully Worthless is a mixed-genre tour de force, a classic yet subverted road story, an original and fierce claim on this country, and the generator of an unusual, moving canon. It’s saturated with Liebegott’s signature gifts: a peerless sense of humor and a capacity to bear witness to and articulate the darkest corners of fear and despair. I stand in awe of Liebegott’s talent and heart. She is one of the best we’ve got.”—Maggie Nelson

“Her witty, compassionate voice haunts me like no other.”—Joan Larkin

Title The Beautifully Worthless
Author Ali Liebegott
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Co-publisher Sister Spit
Title First Published 01 March 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 164 p.
ISBN-10 0872865711
ISBN-13 9780872865716
Publication Date 01 April 2013
Main content page count 164
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $14.95

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