For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors, Laura Esther Wolfson’s award-winning literary debut, is a dazzling portrait of love and illness. Wolfson reflects on the challenges of failed relationships, jobs and her battle with a degenerative lung disease. In “Proust at Rush Hour,” when Wolfson’s lungs begin to collapse, requiring her to leave her career as a globetrotting interpreter, she consoles herself through reading Proust.
For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors chronicles giving away her diaphragm and tubes of spermicidal jelly to a woman in the Soviet Union who needed these items more than she did. Transporting readers with her on her journeys through Paris, the Republic of Georgia, upstate New York, the Upper West Side and to the United Nations, Wolfson’s story of failures is relatable and illuminating, lingering in the mind after the final page.
For Single Mothers Working as Train Conductors, $19.95 at Barnes & Noble