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Valencia is the fast-paced account of one girl's search for love and high times in the drama-filled dyke world of San Francisco's Mission District. Michelle Tea records a year lived in a world of girls: there's knife-wielding Marta, who introduces Michelle to a new world of radical sex; Willa, Michelle's tormented poet-girlfriend; Iris, the beautiful boy-dyke who ran away from the South in a dust cloud of drama; and Iris's ex, Magdalena Squalor, to whom Michelle turns when Iris breaks her heart.

©2000 Michelle Tea (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Dreary

A dreary journey through the underbelly of San Francisco's lesbian scene. A girl who gets crazy crushes on strange girls who do not appear to be all that attractive; plus seemingly afflicted by assorted mental illnesses. As a country bi girl; (leaning hard towards the L option) I've moaned often about the extremely limited opportunities available in my rural locale; this side of the urban lesbian scene gives me a much better opinion of my situation. Perhaps I'm just too old at 34 to appreciate it, but if this were the extent of the urban scene, way more of us would stay home.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Susie
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 10-16-13

The Mission Dyke's Great Gatsby

This rent girl memoir is dangerous. Unrepentantly sexy. As if Scott Fitzgerald was a dyke and lived in the Mission before Google ate its soul.

Michelle Tea has been a part of the San Francisco writing bohemia, sex worker activism, and queer scene for years, one of the founders of Sister Spit, and boy, she has some stories to tell. Blood-spattered love affairs, corporate sh*t-heads behind closed doors, and friends who stick with her through it all.

Abby Craden reads Valencia with searing bravado. Hold on tight.

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Don't get it....

I love Abby Craden as the narrator. It was the only reason I purchased this audiobook. I just couldn't identify with any of the characters in the book.

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*shrugs* It's a Lifestyle

What did you like best about Valencia? What did you like least?

I'm an East coaster who had a stint in Cali and spent some time in San Fran. It was nice to know the areas Tea was talking about and seeing them through someone's eyes who was a local. Despite not personally relating to her rough lifestyle, I knew people like her and found myself shaking my head at times reminiscing. But the life became too big sometimes. Wanted to call an intervention for her and the other main characters.

Have you listened to any of Abby Craden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I am an Abby Craden fan and she was in great form.

Was Valencia worth the listening time?

Eh...not as a whole for me. I was glad, and confused, when it ended.

Any additional comments?

If you want to read something over the top, self indulgent, and unbelievable, this is the book.

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  • Alice
  • 02-26-14

dark and seedy

Not really a story more of a diary of a central character and her different relationships. This is not the light reading. The writing is very observational and at times witty with a lot of emotive descriptions. But there is not real plot or story line. There seems to be an expectation that the writing and detail of gritty relationships and environment will carry the reader, as if this is 'novel' and shocking gritty life, emotive turmoil of the main character will keep your attention, but I only found it demoralizing but a bit a addictive, 'like endlessly playing with a sore hang nail' (that last phase is my example of the sort of descriptive through the novel). Okay, well - I found it too dark, gritty. Gritty is the wrong word, but any other might cause my review to get bounded (again). I don't recommend this. Audible bounced my last review when I tried to put in a few conversational words to advise readers of what is covered, which gives an indication of its content.

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