Monica Drake The Stud Book

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The Stud Book

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A sharp-edged satire of contemporary motherhood from a comic novelist on the rise

     In the hip haven of Portland, Oregon, a pack of unsteady but loyal friends asks what it means to bring babies into an already crowded world.
     Sarah studies animal behavior at the zoo. She’s well versed in the mating habits of captive animals, and at the same time she’s desperate to mate, to create sweet little offspring of her own. Georgie is busy with a newborn, while her husband, Humble, finds solace in bourbon and televised violence. Dulcet makes a living stripping down in high school gyms to sell the beauty of sex-ed. Nyla is out to save the world while having trouble saving her own teen daughter, who has discovered the world of drugs and the occult. As these friends and others navigate a space between freedom and intimacy, they realize the families they forge through shared experience are as important as those inherited through birth.
     A smart, edgy and poignantly funny exploration of the complexities of what parenthood means today, Monica Drake's second novel demonstrates that when it comes to babies, we can learn a lot by considering our place in the animal kingdom.

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I would love for one professional reviewer to notice that this book is secretly very much a work of environmental literature, disguised as a chatty, dark comedy about the lives of mothers, would-be mothers and never-will-be mothers but still adult women and sometimes the husbands, dates, fathers and other men alongside them. In the time it took me to write this book, I would estimate one billion humans were born, all over the planet. That's a lot of people. In my life-time, the world's population has doubled. I love babies and children, and a great number of adults, but I worry that the planet can't sustain our rapid, invasive species behavior. How can a person contain a deep love of humanity alongside a fear of overpopulation? It's a precarious balance.  Because this book is concerned with population growth, it is a book with a large cast of characters. When I wrote it, I identified heavily with each character in turn--even the men in the book. I tried to understand them all, and to look at how the various impulses of people in close proximity builds a communal narrative between them. Then I looked for the jokes, the moments of humor, and the reason we're all here, the love. I hope you might pick it up, check it out, and take a moment to think about humanity with me. In a world of reality TV that celebrates mass production of human reproduction, I tried to raise a few questions. With gratitude, Monica

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MONICA DRAKE is the author of Clown Girl (Hawthorne Books), winner of an Eric Hoffer Award and an "IPPY" (Independent Publishers Award). Her essays and short stories have appeared in a variety of journals, and she is a regular contributor to The Oregonian, The Portland Mercury, and the Stranger (Seattle). Monica has an MFA from the University of Arizona and is currently faculty at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

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