“When pregnant Monica moved in a cross the street from me, pregnant Zia, I saw a potential companion in a black neighborhood we were both gonna be blamed for gentrifying--artists who risked turbulence in exchange for cultural diversity and an affordable mortgage. When she brought me her book, Clown Girl, and I gave her 13 Tales from Urban Bohemia, it represented the new version of the old 1950's home baked goods, a welcome to the beighborhood by trading gluten free art. Clown Girl made me laugh out loud. Thank god it was pre lol, because I had no intention of abbreviating my experience. Years later I'm honored to receive the neighbor/fellow artist copy of The Stud Book. I feel no pressure to reciprocate or critique. I'm just a privileged  neighbor. This time I'm part of the landscape, the fabric this tale is woven with. The geography, the culture, the characters are even more familiar than before. Monica's track record is good with me. She's edgy, honest, absurd...She puts blood 'n guts on a domestic plane. No zombies, no spies, nothing out of a fifteen block radius. As a vintage sci-fi enthusiast,  I'm used to far out things happening far way. This time a lot of the fun was envisioning it all happen in my neighborhood with characters I could give real names to having problems me and mine have all had.  Life in the Portland micro. I love it.” —Zia McCabe, of the Dandy Warhols

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What reviewers are saying about The Stud Book

“What really stands out is her depiction of [the] city. This is not the twee wonderland of Portlandia…Drake combines [her characters’] lives in a quirky, knowing way, showing the complexities of modern-day female life, species Pacific Northwest native.”
Publisher's Weekly

“Monica Drake has written a take-your-breath-away good, blow-your mind wise, crack-your-heart-open beauty of a novel. The Stud Book is a smart, sexy, comic, compassionate, absorbing, and necessary story of our times.”
Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things  

“Like a mandrill's florid display, The Stud Book is Monica Drake's vivid show of talent, verve and attraction. You will fall in love with her characters as they fight against the enclosures—or are they cages?— of adulthood and parenthood, before ultimately learning to live in blessed, but now unbowed, captivity.”
Karl Taro Greenfeld, author of Triburbia

The Stud Book is a dreamy, druggy, sexy concoction -- no surprise coming from the author of Clown Girl. I was instantly consumed by its evocative exploration of motherhood in the Pacific Northwest. Monica Drake's vision of the world is like no other.”
Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins and The Melting Season

“I haven't had this much fun since Flannery O'Connor or Kathryn Dunn.  FINALLY a book for our times, of our times, emerging from the minds and bodies of real--as opposed to fake-o imagined--women.  Hilarious, heart-wrenching, and stylistically brilliant, The Stud Book is about who we are and why we matter--about our stubborn, beautiful drive to make a life, love, a world inhabitable for those who come after us.  If women carry whole worlds into unknown futures, Monica Drake is the mapmaker of the human condition.  I love this book out of my mind.  I will read it and pass it on to everyone, ever.  Proof that women writers have arrived--that they can not only make it to the show, they can intellectually and creatively steal it.”
Lidia Yuknavitch, author of Chronology of Water and Dora: A Headcase.

The Stud Book is the freshest look at the tyranny of the baby bump since Rosemary got pregnant.  Monica Drake’s witty, irreverent novel follows a group of friends in Portland, Oregon, as they struggle with middle age, mating, marriage, and an onslaught of comical humiliations.  Drake is one of the smartest, funniest writers working today and The Stud Book moves from farce to satire to tender melodrama without missing a beat.  If I’m ever missing at sea, search nearby deserted islands, and look for this book.  I’ll be the one clutching it between my dehydrated, crab bitten hands.  But don’t bother me.  I’ll be reading.”
Chelsea Cain, author of the NYT best selling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series.

 
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