Cheryl Strayed Loves The Stud Book

“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

Sarah studies animal behavior at the Oregon Zoo. An expert on the mating habits of captive animals, she is increasingly desperate to create sweet little offspring of her own. Georgie is busy navigating the terrors of new motherhood—from misplaced postpartum painkillers to the potential sublimation of her identity—while her husband finds solace in bourbon and televised violence. (Dead girl on the screen? Take a shot!).

Dulcet, defiantly married and childless, makes a living stripping down in high school gyms to sell the beauty of sex-ed. Nyla is out to save the earth while possibly losing her own teen daughter to the world of drugs and the occult. As these friends 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, The Stud Book demonstrates that when it comes to babies, we can learn a lot by considering our place in the animal kingdom.

    “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


    “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 . . . . 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.


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