The End of My Career by Martha Grover


The End of My Career by Martha Grover


In her new memoir, Martha Grover goes undercover. Whether cleaning houses or looking for love, she peels back the surfaces of ordinary moments and reveals a life both hilarious and traumatic. The End of My Career sees Grover living with her parents again as she enters her late thirties, reconciling the pleasures and perils of being female, chronically ill, and subsisting on menial labor at the edge of an increasingly unaffordable city. Desperate for stable work, she gets hired as a state-sanctioned private investigator looking into shady workers’ comp claims—even while she herself fights in court for her own disability settlement. Angry and heartbroken, brimming with the outrageous contradictions of the modern world, The End of My Career embodies the comic nightmare of our times.

Paperback: 240 pages
Published: July 28, 2016
Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.75 inches

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The End of My Career is a 2017 finalist for the Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction! Judge Maggie Nelson selected Martha's memoir along with books by Walidah Imarisha and Carrie Brownstein.

Praise for Martha Grover and The End of My Career:

"Martha Grover is the voice of Portland right now.”
Portland Mercury fall arts guide, Aug 31, 2016

"If Martha Grover were to take a normal shit she would tell you. And it would be cause for celebration."
Willamette Week

"My favorite living writer.”
—Bud Smith, author of F250

“Grover is funny as hell.”
SF Weekly

“Wry, observant … a natural storyteller.”
The Oregonian

“Grover is a genius … some part of me always feels that this is everybody’s autobiography. This is what it means to fiercely love a changing self.”
—Ariel Gore, author of The End of Eve

"This is a confident, generous, funny, and celebratory book. I wish I could read more like it."
—Emily Kendal Frey, author of Sorrow Arrow

“A totally fascinating window into what it’s like to be young and sick.”
Portland Mercury