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Seal Press, 2000 - Fiction - 202 pages
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In this gritty, confessional memoir, Michelle Tea takes the reader back to the city of her childhood: Chelsea, Massachusetts -- a place where time and hope are spent on things not getting any worse.

Tea's girlhood is shaped by the rough fabric of the neighborhood and by its characters -- the soft vulnerability of her sister Madeline and her quietly brutal Polish father; the doddering, sometimes violent nuns of Our Lady of Assumption; Marisol Lewis from the projects by the creek; and Johnna Latrotta, the tough-as-nails Italian dance-school teacher who offered a slim chance for escape to every young Chelsea girl in tulle and tap shoes.

Told in Tea's trademark loose-tongued, lyrical style, this memoir both celebrates and annihilates one girl's tightrope walk out of a working-class slum and the lessons she carries with her. With wry humor and a hard-fought wisdom, Tea limns the extravagant peril of a dramatic adolescence with the private, catastrophic secret harbored within the walls of her family's home -- a secret that threatens to destroy her family forever.

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4.5 Stars. It took me over a month to read this. The book didn't deserve that, both being drawn out so unfairly and stealing so much of my attention. I feel to love Michelle because of her honesty in ... Read full review

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michelle tea is an excellent writer, and her skill at her craft is what got me through this book. the content is, as others have said, repetitive and narcissistic, but what else can one expect from a ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Michelle Tea is the prolific author of the Lambda Award-winning "Valencia, " the graphic novel "Rent Girl, " the "inspired queer bildungsroman" Rose of No Man's Land, and other books. She was a 1999 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award for fiction. Her critically acclaimed books have appeared on "books of the year" lists in publications ranging from the "Voice Literary Supplement" to the "San Francisco Chronicle." She lives in San Francisco.

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