Clown Girl: A Novel

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Hawthorne Books, 2007 - Fiction - 297 pages
2 Reviews
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.
 

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User Review  - lizismestupid - Borders

Clown girl is wonderful. It's a very interesting examimation of art vs. business and the character is so true to life. It is a love story, as well as a journey of self-discovery, but it was twisted ... Read full review

Excellent, twisted debut

User Review  - JayDeePea - Borders

The book has an intro from none other than the king of shock and disgust hisself, Chuch Palahniuk. Though much less twisted than a Palahniuk novel, this book is highly engaging and entertaining from ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Chuck Palahniuk was born in Pasco, Washington on February 21, 1962. He received a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1986. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a journalist and as a diesel mechanic. He has written numerous books including Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Lullaby, Rant, Stranger than Fiction, Tell-All, Damned, and Doomed. His book Fight Club was made into a film by director David Fincher and his book Choke was made into a film by director Clark Gregg. In 2014, his title Beautiful You made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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