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The Stud Book by Monica Drake
The Stud Book

Gypsygal, July 13, 2013

An engaging, thoughtful novel...genuine to the core. Monica Drake’s gritty, satirical take on motherhood takes place in Portland, Oregon, adeptly balancing the city’s own dark, absurd humor with sharp-edged truth-checks that jostle you back into reality each time you dare predict an outcome. Taking on contemporary parenthood is ambitious, and The Stud Book explores this complex topic with broad, questioning arms reaching into the realms of infertility, zoo animal husbandry, politics, commitment, found families and faith. The rich, layered characters tell their stories poignantly through shifting narratives, as we helplessly watch them push, meander, and trip their way forward through very real life challenges with sometimes sorrowful and dire consequences. The lingering message is a hopeful one, however, and when you’ve finished the book you’re left with a fresh, insightful snapshot of the human condition and an incredible appreciation for the wondrous mind of this talented author. As a mother living in Portland there was much that resonated with me, but Drake’s intelligent, humorous and honest story-telling voice holds a universal appeal and I highly recommend this novel to all.
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