The Stud Book

The Stud Book

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, c2013
ISBN: 9780307955524
Characteristics: 318 p. ; 25 cm


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Sep 29, 2016

I liked this book. In it themes and style it reminds me of Ruth Ozeki. The book takes on resonant themes: mating and coupling, environmentalism, teen angst, pregnancy, and parenthood. Stylistically, it's plush with detail and a little frantic in its plotting. The storyline swirls and strays in unpredictable ways. At times there was so much going on, it was hard to get to know the characters and their motivations well. But since the themes and plot spiral back on themselves, the meaning builds by accretion.

cgloden Aug 07, 2013

Boring book with a horrible ending!!


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