He tells me he misses me and that the night before he watched a porno and the girl in the porno looked like me. I think I’m supposed to take this as a compliment but I’m not sure what to say. Thank you doesn’t seem appropriate. What were they doing? I ask and he says she was bent over the couch wearing a wife beater. I’m still not sure what to say so I ask him what he had for dinner and this must be the wrong thing to say because the conversation disintegrates. It’s not that I’m desperate for attention, even for the attention of a man who I know spends at least $200 a week at strip clubs and lives 4 states away, it’s just that I’m lonely.
–from “The Attention of A Man”
“With How to Pose For Hustler, Andrea Kneeland proves she is a master of the strange, the unexpected, the inexplicable in the stories she tells, in how she tells those stories. To borrow a phrase from one of Kneeland’s remarkable, razor sharp short fictions, with these words, she offers us a crushing of beauty.”
–Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist
“Andrea Kneeland’s How to Pose for Hustler is indeed a manual. It’s a how-to for people trying to be people, trying to figure out how to live despite the darkness and confused desires that are too often mistaken for light. This book is a headlamp, and it is also the darkness. I could not put it down.”
–Lindsay Hunter, author of Ugly Girls
“Kneeland lays out perfectly chosen details and minutia, chronicling her characters outer and inner lives to illuminate the absurdity and anguish of her young women’s sad, deeply felt existences. Giving voice to the endless struggles young women must endure on this planet, How to Pose for Hustler does funny-sad extremely well and adds a much needed voice to the Indie Lit scene.”
–Paula Bomer, author of Inside Madeleine