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Publisher Description

Clown Girl lives in Baloneytown, a seedy neighborhood where drugs, balloon animals, and even rubber chickens contribute to the local currency. Against a backdrop of petty crime, she struggles to live her dreams, calling on cultural masters Charlie Chaplin, Kafka, and da Vinci for inspiration. In an effort to support herself and her layabout performance-artist boyfriend, Clown Girl finds herself unwittingly transformed into a "corporate clown," trapping herself in a cycle of meaningless, high-paid gigs that veer dangerously close to prostitution. Monica Drake has created a novel that riffs on the high comedy of early film stars — most notably Chaplin and W. C. Fields — to raise questions of class, gender, economics, and prejudice. Resisting easy classification, this debut novel blends the bizarre, the humorous, and the gritty with stunning skill.

Fiction & Literature
August 24
Hawthorne Books
Perseus Books, LLC

Customer Reviews

D287 ,


This is an excellent read from start to finish. I sampled this one and then took a break From it to finish a semester. I returned to it and bought the whole thing. It's hilarious but darkly existential.

Kcatastrophy ,

A win.

This is probably my favorite book of all time. Even though I'm not a clown, I could totally relate. Drake is a wonderful writer, it was touching and down right hilarious at times.

Patricia Stillman ,

This is your life!

Or at least it could be. It could certainly be mine. This is a classic story about the horrors of realizing the difference between the dreams we have for ourselves and the realities of what actually is. Only, this story's about a clown named Sniffles with a place called Baloneytown as the backdrop. For many of us, this a brilliantly accurate manifestation of a classic story. Five stars for being fun and funny as much as it is depressing and too real. Much like a clown.

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