the debut novel of Portland writer Monica Drake
, has been named Best Book of 2007
by Chuck Palahniuk
in the December issue of Playboy Magazine.
to read an excerpt from the book, published in a past issue of WW.
, with whom Drake participated in Tom Spanbauer's Portland-based “Dangerous Writers” group in the early '90s, is best known as the author of Fight Club
. In his introduction to Clown Girl,
he teasingly describes Drake as his “arch enemy”, claiming that whenever his writing was good, Drake's was better.
In addition to the nod from Playboy
, Drake's book has garnered 2007 top-ten listings from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
and The Oregonian.
It was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel through the Oregon Book Awards.