Clown Girl by Monica Drake is a comic novel that has captured the hearts of many. You heard about it from Chuck Palahniuk while on tour, our book groups are raving about it, and several of us here at the St. Helens Book Shop recommend it daily. Our editions are available signed by both Monica and Chuck Palahniuk, who wrote the intro in the novel.
From the Introduction, written by Chuck Palahniuk:
Welcome to the book of my arch enemy. “Rival” would be a nicer word, but let’s be honest.
In 1991, in Tom Spanbauer’s kitchen, where our whole workshop of beginning writers still fit around his dinky kitchen table, every week Monica Drake was the star. The stories she read to us … about sitting all night locked inside the Portland Art Museum, alone to guard the ancient mummy of a Chinese empress, staring at a dish filled with the preserved contents of the mummy’s stomach—mostly ancient pumpkin seeds. As Monica talked about being locked behind steel gates and barred doors and bulletproof Plexiglas, the rest of Tom’s students, we’d forget to breathe.
Writing this introduction, I’m not doing an old friend a favor—I’m paying a decade-old debt. This isn’t charity or flattery—this is honesty. Writers are nothing if not rivals, but competition as good as Monica Drake is a blessing. Clown Girl is more than a great book. Clown Girl is its own reality.
We should all have an arch enemy this brilliant. —Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club
Visit her online at monicadrake.com.
How to Order:
- Monica Drake's signed books are available year-round, limited to stock on hand. If you order inscribed copies, they will ship after the next time we meet with her.
- If you wish to receive a personalized book, indicate the person's name below. For example, "Joe". If you have further questions, please see the Signed Books FAQ page -- it's for the Chuck Palahniuk process, but your question may be answered there. If not, please contact the Orders Manager at order at sthelensbookshop dot com.