“The Stud Book” edition, is an exploration of Monica Drake’s “The Stud Book”, an ensemble meditation on the mating games and hilarious sadness of motherhood and fatherhood. In this podcast, host Jason Squamata talks about the book on the levels of craft, theme, and character. Joining Jason with the breakdown are co-hosts Doug Dean, Pat Janowski, and Mark Savage. Also joining the hosts is the Author of “The Stud Book”, Monica Drake, who will expose the slices of life and art that engendered this compelling new novel. It’s Book Circle Online’s “The Stud Book” podcast!
About “The Stud Book”:
“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.”
About the Author:
Monica Drake is the author of Clown Girl, a novel. Her stories and essays have appeared in magazines such as the Sun, Beloit Fiction Review, Oregon Humanities Magazine, Northwest Review, and Nerve.com. She once wrote an entire issue of “The Stranger,” a free weekly newspaper in Seattle, which flooded the city.