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Clown Girl: A Novel

Drake, Monica

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ISBN 10: 0976631156 / ISBN 13: 9780976631156
Published by Hawthorne Books
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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0976631156 > PAPERBACK > SIGNED by Author. 2006. 297 pages. Title page signed by author. Covers show some scuffing throughout, and rubbing to the edges. Spine is sturdy. Binding is tight. Pages are bright, clean and free of marks. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-0770299

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Title: Clown Girl: A Novel

Publisher: Hawthorne Books

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition:Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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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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Sniffles, the titular clown girl, is endearingly self-deprecating, an oddball comic who masks her insecurity with a show of bravado and, more literally, a crazy array of clown garb. Clown Girl is a polished, quirky and often-funny look at the dark side of clown life. --Winnipeg Free Press

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