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Funny, candid, and searchingly self-aware, this essay collection tells the story of Chelsea Martin’s coming of age as an artist.

We are with Chelsea as an eleven-year-old atheist, trying to will an alien visitation to her neighborhood; fighting with her stepfather and grappling with a Tourette’s diagnosis as she becomes a teenager; falling under the sway of frenemies and crushes in high school; going into debt to afford what might be a meaningless education at an expensive art college; navigating the messy process of falling in love with a close friend; and struggling for independence from her emotionally manipulative father and from the family and friends in the dead-end California town that has defined her upbringing.

This is a book about relationships, class, art, sex, money, and family―and about growing up weird, and poor, in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Author: Chelsea Martin
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
Pages: 192pp
Size: 5.5 x 8.25
Notes: softcover
Date Of Publication: August 22, 2017
ISBN: 978-1593766771