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ISBN13: 9781580050739
ISBN10: 1580050735
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In this gritty, confessional memoir, Michelle Tea takes the reader back to the city of her childhood: Chelsea, Massachusetts — a place where time and hope are spent on things not getting any worse. Tea's girlhood is shaped by the rough fabric of the neighborhood and by its characters — the soft vulnerability of her sister Madeline and her quietly brutal Polish father; the doddering, sometimes violent nuns of Our Lady of Assumption; Marisol Lewis from the projects by the creek; and Johnna Latrotta, the tough-as-nails Italian dance-school teacher who offered a slim chance for escape to every young Chelsea girl in tulle and tap shoes.

Told in Tea's trademark loose-tongued, lyrical style, this memoir both celebrates and annihilates one girl's tightrope walk out of a working-class slum and the lessons she carries with her. With wry humor and a hard-fought wisdom, Tea limns the extravagant peril of a dramatic adolescence with the private, catastrophic secret harbored within the walls of her family's home — a secret that threatens to destroy her family forever.

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"The writing is well-honed...and the image of the 'Chelsea whistle' is poignant." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Tea's biography is her attempt to explore the truth of her childhood, including incest. What makes it remarkable is her flair for description and her ability to recall vividly the indignities of her childhood. Tea has written a powerful and useful narrative for other incest survivors." Booklist

About the Author

Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, including the Lambda-award winning Valencia and the illustrated Rent Girl, which is currently being developed for television. Rose of No Man's Land is her first novel.

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Meadowbat, September 5, 2007 (view all comments by Meadowbat)
This is my favorite of Michelle Tea's books. It has her signature plainspoken, confessional punk prose, but here she employs her style to illuminate a working class childhood rather than some uber-cool grrl scene (not that there's anything wrong with uber-cool grrl scenes). One of the most realistic accounts of kid-thinking that I've read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781580050739
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Tea, Michelle
Publisher:
Seal Press
Location:
Seattle, Wash. : Seal Press
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Lesbians
Subject:
Women authors, American
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
LITERARY CRITICISM & COLLECTIONS / Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
Chelsea (Mass.)
Subject:
BIO026000
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Seal Press ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Live Girls
Series Volume:
GTR-541
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 13.5 oz

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Product details 296 pages Seal Press (CA) - English 9781580050739 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The writing is well-honed...and the image of the 'Chelsea whistle' is poignant." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Tea's biography is her attempt to explore the truth of her childhood, including incest. What makes it remarkable is her flair for description and her ability to recall vividly the indignities of her childhood. Tea has written a powerful and useful narrative for other incest survivors."
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