Martha Grover / The End of My Career

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 7:30pm

Selected by Maggie Nelson as a 2017 finalist for the Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction


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.






“Martha Grover is the voice of Portland right now.” Portland Mercury Fall Arts guide, 2016

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

“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





Martha Grover is a 2017 Oregon Book Award finalist in creative nonfiction. She is also the author of One More for the People (Perfect Day, 2011). She has been publishing her zine Somnambulist since 2003, and lives in Portland, Oregon.







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