Rose of No Man's Land
By Michelle Tea
(MacAdam Cage, Hardcover, 9781596921603, 200pp.)
Publication Date: April 25, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
When there’s nowhere to go but up, why bother going anyplace at all?
Fourteen-year-old Trisha Driscoll is a hungry machine, taking in her hometown of Mogsfield, Massachusetts – a place that has shamelessly surrendered to neon signs, theme restaurants, and cookie-cutter chain stores. Cynical but naive, Trisha observes the disappointing world from the ignored perspective of a teenager: creepy guys, the unfathomable sadness of the elderly, illegal tattoos, and the wild kingdom of mall culture.
After being hired and abruptly fired from the most popular shop at the absurd and kaleidoscopic Square One Mall, Trisha finds herself linked up with a chain-smoking, physically stunted mall rat named Rose, and her life shifts into manic overdrive.
A whirlwind exploration of poverty and dropouts, Rose of No Man’s Land is the world according to Trisha–a furious love story between two weirdo girls, brimming with snarky observations and soulful wonderings on the dazzle-flash emptiness of contemporary culture.
Michelle Tea lives in San Francisco, where she is beloved for her writing, her spoken word, and her innovative arts organization that brought the world Sister Spit. Her published books include Rent Girl, The Chelsea Whistle, and Valencia. She loves – like, really loves–beauty products.
“…impossible to put down…Trisha is a raucous observer of everything from mall culture minutiae to her sister’s reality TV dreams. Nothing gets by her.”
– People Magazine
“Rose is balls-out from the start…Tea’s writing is raw, funny, and tragic, but never forced. Her memoirist’s eye yields fiction that reads true. Grade: A-“
– Entertainment Weekly (Critics Pick)
“Trisha Driscoll has more adventures in one day than most of us do all year. When the 14-year-old vows to make a friend, she never imagines it’ll be Rose, a chains-smoking mall rat who introduces her to the scary world of hitchhiking and first love.”
– Teen People
“[Tea] follows the snarky and disillusioned 14-year-old Trisha as she learns about life, love, and getting out of the house.”
– Ms. Magazine