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Short Description for Valencia The rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco's radical lesbian underground is laid bare in this action-packed novel, which follows a young gay woman down into the often dangerous world inhabited by the city's "dyke" community.
- Published: 01 May 2000
- Format: Paperback 216 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781580050357 ISBN 10: 1580050352
- Sales rank: 1,164,638
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Full description for Valencia
In this gritty, confessional memoir, Michelle Tea takes the reader back to the city of her childhood: Chelsea, Massachusetts -- a place where time and hope are spent on things not getting any worse.Tea's girlhood is shaped by the rough fabric of the neighborhood and by its characters -- the soft vulnerability of her sister Madeline and her quietly brutal Polish father; the doddering, sometimes violent nuns of Our Lady of Assumption; Marisol Lewis from the projects by the creek; and Johnna Latrotta, the tough-as-nails Italian dance-school teacher who offered a slim chance for escape to every young Chelsea girl in tulle and tap shoes.Told in Tea's trademark loose-tongued, lyrical style, this memoir both celebrates and annihilates one girl's tightrope walk out of a working-class slum and the lessons she carries with her. With wry humor and a hard-fought wisdom, Tea limns the extravagant peril of a dramatic adolescence with the private, catastrophic secret harbored within the walls of her family's home -- a secret that threatens to destroy her family forever.