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Clown Girl
     

Clown Girl

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by Monica Drake
 

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IN THIS DARKLY COMIC NOVEL, Clown Girl lives in Baloneytown, a neighborhood so run down and penniless that drugs, balloon animals and even rubber chickens contribute to the local currency. Against a backdrop of petty crime, Clown Girl struggles to find her place in the world of high art; she has dreams of greatness and calls on the masters, Charlie Chaplin, Kafka and

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IN THIS DARKLY COMIC NOVEL, Clown Girl lives in Baloneytown, a neighborhood so run down and penniless that drugs, balloon animals and even rubber chickens contribute to the local currency. Against a backdrop of petty crime, Clown Girl struggles to find her place in the world of high art; she has dreams of greatness and calls on the masters, Charlie Chaplin, Kafka and da Vinci for inspiration. But all is not art in her life: in an effort to support herself and her under-employed performance-artist boyfriend, she is drawn into the world of paying jobs, and finds herself unwittingly turned into a "corporate clown," trapped in a cycle of meaningless, high paid gigs which veer dangerously close, then closer to prostitution. Using the lens of clown life to illuminate a struggle between artistic integrity and an economic reality, Monica Drake has created a novel that embraces the high comedy of early film stars -- most notably Chaplin and W.C. Fields. At the same time Drake manages to raise questions about issues of class, gender, economics and prejudice.

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Publishers Weekly
As Drake's debut opens, Nita, otherwise known as Sniffles the Clown, is tying balloon animals for a horde of greedy, sticky children at a fair. Suffering what may be a cardiac event, she's rushed to the hospital-after trying to get help from a clown fetishist, who simply drops his phone number on top of her prone form. Welcome to wacky, stressful Baloneytown, where clown prostitution, stoned dogs and fire juggling-cum-arson are the norm. Nita struggles to make enough money clowning to keep herself in oversized shoes and squirting daisies, while also saving for Clown College tuition for her boyfriend, handsome clown Rex Galore. But Rex is mostly MIA, and Nita's longing for him settles on local cop Jerrod. While not much happens, the pace of the narrative is methamphetamine-frantic, as Drake drills down past the face paint and into Nita's core, often using Nita's relations with men as the bit. Nita emerges as a fully-realized character, bearing witness to a lot of the emotionally ridiculous and just a hint of the sublime. Some plot threads never quite come together, and a few characters are underdeveloped, but there is a lot more going on here than just clowning around. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781458725387
Publisher:
ReadHowYouWant, LLC
Publication date:
01/06/2011
Pages:
460
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.93(d)

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Clown Girl 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
yarngasm More than 1 year ago
I found the synopsis on the bookflap to be somewhat misleading, as the author barely touched upon plot points that the synopsis made out to be major events in the book. I often felt like I was intruding on the main character during the more awkward moments in the book. While this signifies good writing, I did not find it amusing or entertaining. The story would have the potential to be more enjoyable if it were revisited and some of the characters were developed more fully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was well written, however, while I appreciated the writing I felt that it does not relate to men well. I think it is a book written by a woman for women. I would suggest men read something else but ladies will enjoy it immensely.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit, I was lured in by Chuck Palahniuk writing 'Clown Girl''s introduction. However, Drake's 'Clown Girl' stands on its own. Tedious in some areas, delightfully witty in most, 'Clown Girl' is worth it, with or without Chuck's ordainment. I guessed the ending within the first few chapters, but I still experienced that cathartic release in the final chapter. Read & enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I honestly dont know how one could not fall in love with Nita, Rex and Mr. Cinnamon Buns. A must for an fan of Palahniuk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reader beware: this novel is no corporate hooker gig, this is the real deal. Every single detail- from making a ballon jesus, to a rubber chicken baby, to high-powered moves on the billiard table- will seem as real as if you were there yourself. The writing is outstanding, the story is absorbing, and the characters are multi-layered. Drake has given us a novel worthy of a standing ovation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i bought this book i was unable to put it down. You really start to feel for poor Nita and her struggles. Beautifully written. It was funny and quirky and i was very pleased with the ending.
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ClarkP More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very entertaining. It is highly creative and well written. Monica Drake definitely has a real talent, Clown Girl is evidence of her abilities. I am looking forward to her next book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this was a stupid book. Seriously, a very DUMB book. I had to make myself finish it, hoping that the ending would be great. It wasn't. Don't waste your money on this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Worst book ever. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid. Don't even think about wasting your money. Baloneytown was the best name she could come up with? This book has a plot? Okay, where is it. Save the money and just read your grocery list. It's a better read.