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Rose of No Man's Land

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Brie, November 12, 2008 (view all comments by Brie)
One night in the life of two teen anti-heroines as they learn about first love, disillusionment, crystal meth, and dinosaur-themed mini golf...Coming of age, coming out of the closet and, if you know what's good for you, coming soon to your bookshelf.
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crowyhead, October 23, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
Trisha's life is not exactly thrilling. Her mother is a hypochrondriac on disability, and her father is a junkie and is rumored to be in Louisiana somewhere. The best thing that can be said for Donnie, her mother's boyfriend, is that he doesn't try to molest Trisha or her older sister, Kristy. Kristy's the only one who has any ambition -- and her main ambition is to get on MTV's "The Real World" by documenting how screwed up her family is. Trisha feels like she's ready for something -- anything! -- to happen, and when she meets Rose she gets her wish...

This is sort of a rough book to review without giving too much away. The first half had me laughing out loud and shaking my head at Trisha's attitude and the way that she describes the things around her; her narrative voice is fantastic. It's very similar to Tea's style in her other books, but Trisha does feel like her own character rather than a stand-in for Michelle Tea. The second half of this had me holding my breath hoping that nothing too terribly horrible was going to happen. I did really, really like it, though.
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ISBN:
9780156030939
Author:
Tea, Michelle
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Author:
MacAdam Cage
Subject:
Gay
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Lesbian youth
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-Gay Fiction
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070231
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
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320
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8 x 5.31 in 0.66 lb

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Product details 320 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156030939 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Michelle Tea, a long-time favorite with streetwise memoir readers, proved she could pull off a novel with Rose of No Man's Land. It's like Freaks and Geeks with lesbians. Tea's writing dazzles and hurts in all the right places and her comic timing has never been better.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Tea follows up her Lambda Award — winning San Francisco prostitution memoir, Valencia (2000), her sporadically transcendent collected poems, The Beautiful (2003), and last year's graphic novel, Rent Girl (now in development for TV), with this inspired queer bildungsroman. In Trisha Driscoll, Tea has developed an unreliable narrator who stands on her own. Trisha is a doughy, alcoholic 10th-grade denizen of Mogsfield, Mass., a fictional white trash nowhere. Her father is long gone; her mother, owing to psychosomatic back problems, does not leave the couch; her mother's boyfriend, Donnie, enters the kitchen only to make ramen; her younger sister, Kristy, is obsessed with launching herself onto reality TV and constantly films the family dysfunctioning around her. The first half of the novel establishes Trisha's grim bedroom-to-mall despair. In the second, a new friend, Rose, a fry cook who looks 12 — appears, and the two go on a crystal meth — fueled adventure with blissful highs and crashing lows. Tea is brilliant in making the stakes for Trisha abundantly clear as she discovers sex (and, concurrently, her sexuality), drugs and the emotional gains and losses attendant to each. Add in minor characters like the never-seen but oft-discussed Kim Porciatti and various dumb guys in cars, and you have a postmillennial, class-adjusted My So-Called Life." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Rose is balls-out from the start....Tea's writing is raw, funny, and tragic, but never forced. Her memoirist's eye yields fiction that reads true. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "A riotous coming-of-age novel about a misanthropic girl's sexual self-discovery...Tea is trying to do for working-class teenage lesbians what S. E. Hinton's Rumble Fish and The Outsiders did for greasers and street-brawling tough guys in the 1970s and '80s: to let them be heard and felt."
"Review" by , "[B]oth a riotously funny coming-of-age story and a poignant cautionary tale that smacks of 'there but for the grace of God' heartbreak....What gives Rose of No Man's Land its power and resonance is that it is fueled by both anger and yearning."
"Review" by , "Gritty, animated, original, and disturbing, this allegorical tale of friendship and belonging is hard to put down. Recommended."
"Review" by , "Although Trisha's initial musings on life are tediously mundane, as soon as Rose enters the picture, the novel takes off in a blur of speedy bliss. The novel shines with a kind of beatnik deference to drugs and lust and dangerous youth."
"Review" by , "[C]ompellingly honest and told with a voice so pure that it would be ignominious to overlook it....This focused and authentic narrative voice is what makes Rose of No Man's Land such a sincere achievement..."
"Review" by , "Too much is predictable and too many characters are overly familiar. Nevertheless, flashes of brilliant writing and some scenes worthy of David Lynch remind readers of Tea's very considerable talent to shock and amuse."
"Review" by , "Rose's persona can seem over-the-top....But she nevertheless is convincing as one of those intense, powerfully magnetic people who can readily suck the more passive Trish into her powerful and potentially damaging orbit."
"Review" by , "[I]mpossible to put down....Trisha is a raucous observer of everything from mall culture minutiae to her sister's reality TV dreams. Nothing gets by her."
"Synopsis" by , A whirlwind exploration of poverty and dropouts, Rose of No Man's Land is the world according to Trisha — a furious love story between two weirdo girls, brimming with snarky observations and soulful wonderings on the dazzle-flash emptiness of contemporary culture.
"Synopsis" by ,
"Rose of No Mans Land is both a riotously funny coming-of-age story and a poignant cautionary tale that smacks of ‘there but for the grace of God heartbreak . . . Tea manages to balance Trishas snarky edge with moments of a sweetly sad, naive vulnerability that beautifully capture those mercurial midteen years."—The Boston Globe

 

Fourteen-year-old Trisha Driscoll is a gender-blurring, self-described loner whose family expects nothing of her. While her mother lies on the couch in a hypochondriac haze and her sister aspires to be on The Real World, Trisha struggles to find her own place among the neon signs, theme restaurants, and cookie-cutter chain stores of her hometown.

"Think Ghost World meets Catcher in the Rye with a little crank thrown in to keep it chugging along. We suggest you put it at the top of your list."—Daily Candy

"A literary Molotov cocktail that is equal parts My So-Called Life, Thelma & Louise, and Twin Peaks . . . Tea takes the reader on a harrowing journey that highlights how truly terrifying and exhilarating it is to be a teenager."—BUST Magazine

"A riotous coming-of-age novel… do[es] for working-class teenage lesbians what S. E. Hintons Rumble Fish and The Outsiders did for greasers and street-brawling tough guys."—The New York Times Book Review

"What a miracle of a book."--BookForum

Michelle Tea lives in San Francisco, where she is beloved for her writing, her spoken word poetry, and her innovative arts organization that brought the world Sister Spit. Her published books include Rent Girl, The Chelsea Whistle, and Valencia.

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