The Stud Book by Monica Drake

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A sharp-edged satire of contemporary motherhood from a comic novelist on the rise

     In the hip haven of Portland, Oregon, a pack of unsteady but loyal friends asks what it means to bring babies into an already crowded world.
     Sarah studies animal behavior at the zoo. She’s well versed in the mating habits of captive animals, and at the same time she’s desperate to mate, to create sweet little offspring of her own. Georgie is busy with a newborn, while her husband, Humble, finds solace in bourbon and televised violence. Dulcet makes a living stripping down in high school gyms to sell the beauty of sex-ed. Nyla is out to save the world while having trouble saving her own teen daughter, who has discovered the world of drugs and the occult. As these friends and others navigate a space between freedom and intimacy, they realize the families they forge through shared experience are as important as those inherited through birth.
     A smart, edgy and poignantly funny exploration of the complexities of what parenthood means today, Monica Drake's second novel demonstrates that when it comes to babies, we can learn a lot by considering our place in the animal kingdom.

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About Monica Drake

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MONICA DRAKE is the author of Clown Girl (Hawthorne Books), winner of an Eric Hoffer Award and an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award). Her essays and short stories have appeared in a variety of journals, and she is a regular contributor to the Oregonian, the Portland Mercury, and the Stranger (Seattle). Monica has an MFA from the University of Arizona and is currently on the faculty at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Author Residence: Portland, Oregon

Author Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Published April 9, 2013 by Hogarth. 338 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Oregon Live

As Sarah and her friends stumble through their days, it's hard to escape the realization that all mothers -- in zoos and out -- are captive to their bodies and its various needs.

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