Rose of No Man's Land

Rose of No Man's Land

By Michelle Tea

Harvest Books, Paperback, 9780156030939, 306pp.

Publication Date: February 2007

Fourteen-year-old Trisha Driscoll is a gender-blurring, self-described loner whose family expects nothing of her. While her mother lies on the couch in a hypochondriac haze and her sister aspires to be on "The Real World, " Trisha struggles to find her own place among the neon signs, theme restaurants, and cookie-cutter chain stores of her hometown.After being hired and abruptly fired from the most popular clothing shop at the local mall, Trisha befriends a chain-smoking misfit named Rose, and her life shifts into manic overdrive. A postmillennial, class-adjusted "My So-Called Life" ("Publishers Weekly"), "Rose of No Man's Land "is brimming with snarky observations and soulful musings on contemporary teenage America.

About the Author
Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, one novel, a collection of poetry and a Young Adult Fantasy series. She is the creator and editor of Mutha Magazine, and blogs regularly about her attempts to get pregnant on She is founder and Artistic Director of RADAR Productions, a literary organization that produces monthly reading series, the international Sister Spit performance tour, the Sister Spit Books imprint on City Lights, and other events. She lives in San Francisco with her partner Dashiell and their dog, Charlie.

Praise For Rose of No Man's Land


"Rose [of No Man’s Land] is balls-out from the start . . . Not for the faint of heart, Tea’s writing is raw, funny, and tragic, but never forced. A-."Entertainment Weekly (Editor’s Choice)

"It made me entirely happy to be alive . . . This book is deliriously true. To its author I say: You brought the female inside out. It’s such an incredible act. It feels like a first time . . . What a miracle of a book."BookForum