Rose of No Man's Land (Paperback)

By Michelle Tea

Harvest Books, 9780156030939, 306pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 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.

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