Clown Girl

Clown Girl

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Overview

Clown Girl by Monica Drake


Clown Girl lives in Baloneytown, a seedy neighborhood where drugs, balloon animals, and even rubber chickens contribute to the local currency. Against a backdrop of petty crime, she struggles to live her dreams, calling on cultural masters Charlie Chaplin, Kafka, and da Vinci for inspiration. In an effort to support herself and her layabout performance-artist boyfriend, Clown Girl finds herself unwittingly transformed into a "corporate clown," trapping herself in a cycle of meaningless, high-paid gigs that veer dangerously close to prostitution. Monica Drake has created a novel that riffs on the high comedy of early film stars — most notably Chaplin and W. C. Fields — to raise questions of class, gender, economics, and prejudice. Resisting easy classification, this debut novel blends the bizarre, the humorous, and the gritty with stunning skill.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780976631156
Publisher: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/04/2007
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,203,544
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Monica Drake has an MFA from the University of Arizona and teaches at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is a contributor of reviews and articles to The Oregonian, The Stranger, and the Portland Mercury and her fiction has appeared in the Beloit Fiction Review, Threepenny Review, The Insomniac Reader, and others. She has been the recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts Award, the Alligator Juniper Prize in Fiction, a Millay Colony Fellowship, and was a Tennessee Williams scholar at Sewanee Writers Workshop.

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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.