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.
“…delivered in a street-smart literary voice that growls and purrs, gnashing about fakery, crooning about lust…With Rose of No Man’s Land, Tea is trying to do for working-class teenage lesbians what S.E. Hinton’s Rumble Fish and The Outsiders did for greasers and street-brawling tough guys in the 1970’s and 80’s: let them be heard and felt. ”
— New York Times
Publication Date: April 25, 2006
trim size: 8 x 5.3 x 1.4