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Rose of No Man's Land
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MICHELLE TEA is the author of Valencia, The Chelsea Whistle, and Rent Girl. She lives in San Francisco.

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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. (Feb. 14) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Set in Massachusetts, first-time novelist Tea's coming-of-age story centers on 14-year-old Trisha Driscoll, a self-reliant girl who spends the bulk of her days daydreaming, reading, or listening to music alone in her room. When a young salesclerk at a trendy clothing store at the local mall attempts suicide and must stay out of work for a while to recuperate, Trisha, with encouragement from older sister Kristy, applies for and gets the job. Her first customer is Rose, another mall worker, who instantly demands Trisha's attention and respect. After getting fired on her first day, Trisha finds the restaurant where Rose works, and the pair develop a quirky, touching friendship that turns sexual and exposes Trisha to smoking, drinking, drugs, and tattoos. On the road of their crazy adventures, Trisha eventually finds her own voice. Gritty, animated, original, and disturbing, this allegorical tale of friendship and belonging is hard to put down. Recommended for adult and/or mature young audiences.-Lisa Nussbaum, formerly with Dauphin Cty. Lib. Syst., Harrisburg, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

PRAISE FOR "ROSE OF NO MAN'S LAND
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""Rose" ["of No Man's Land"] is balls-out from the start . . . Not for the faint of heart, Tea's writing is raw, funny, and tragic, but never forced. A-." "Entertainment Weekly" (Editor's Choice)
"It made me entirely happy to be alive . . . This book is deliriously true. To its author I say: You brought the female inside out. It's such an incredible act. It feels like a first time . . . What a miracle of a book." "BookForum"

PRAISE FOR "ROSE OF NO MAN'S LAND
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""Rose" ["of No Man's Land"] is balls-out from the start . . . Not for the faint of heart, Tea's writing is raw, funny, and tragic, but never forced. A-."--"Entertainment Weekly" (Editor's Choice)
"It made me entirely happy to be alive . . . This book is deliriously true. To its author I say: You brought the female inside out. It's such an incredible act. It feels like a first time . . . What a miracle of a book."--"BookForum"

PRAISE FOR "ROSE OF NO MAN S LAND
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""Rose" ["of No Man s Land"] is balls-out from the start . . . Not for the faint of heart, Tea s writing is raw, funny, and tragic, but never forced. A-." "Entertainment Weekly" (Editor s Choice)
"It made me entirely happy to be alive . . . This book is deliriously true. To its author I say: You brought the female inside out. It s such an incredible act. It feels like a first time . . . What a miracle of a book." "BookForum"
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PRAISE FOR ROSE OF NO MAN S LAND

"Rose [of No Man s Land] is balls-out from the start . . . Not for the faint of heart, Tea s writing is raw, funny, and tragic, but never forced. A-." Entertainment Weekly (Editor s Choice)
"It made me entirely happy to be alive . . . This book is deliriously true. To its author I say: You brought the female inside out. It s such an incredible act. It feels like a first time . . . What a miracle of a book." BookForum
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PRAISE FOR ROSE OF NO MAN'S LAND

"Rose [of No Man's Land] is balls-out from the start . . . Not for the faint of heart, Tea's writing is raw, funny, and tragic, but never forced. A-."--Entertainment Weekly (Editor's Choice)

"It made me entirely happy to be alive . . . This book is deliriously true. To its author I say: You brought the female inside out. It's such an incredible act. It feels like a first time . . . What a miracle of a book."--BookForum

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