Clown Girl: A Novel
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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Give me more Monica DrakeUser 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 debutUser 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