Like chafing swim suits or a sugar rush, this book ran hot and grimy. Through experimental prose, Canary dialect, and set at the base of an active Volcano, nine and ten year-old's, Shit and Isora live through the feverish summer of early pubescence. Abreu captivated me with this gross yet magnetic exploration of budding sapphic sexuality.
Funny and absurdist literary auto-fiction. Scapegoated by her family, Iris runs away from her life, changes her name, and works on a farm. Working in-between the hyper real and surreal, she explores her resurfaced childhood trauma through emo songs, heart-stomping cows, and disability poetics. This little book held a lot of emotional catharsis.
Beloved sapphic-YA writer Nina LaCour debuts in Adult Fiction with a sensual story of two women in Los Angeles. Full of precious moments, artisanal displays, and the un-beat atmospheric prose I've come to expect from LaCour's writing.
This was a fantastic and accessible indigenous view of Environmental Justice. Dr. Hernandez has a scathing review of exploitation of indigenous people and indigenous women in the sciences. I really respect and honor the connection to her multiple indigenous communities that she centered while writing this book.
A welcome reissue of the novel called "trans-lit ground zero"! Funny and wry, with a dead-beat dirtbag protagonist, this transfemme road trip narrative consumed two nights. I'm so glad it is getting a wider release!
90s trans sci-fi set in a brutal climate apocalypse, first published in English in 2021. Humans have started to live in bubbles under the sea, and our main character Momo is a skin care technician working to protect the wealthy against the deadly UV-rays. In the short afternoon it took to read this bleak novel, I was delighted by the reveals in each chapter of a hostile and surveillance based dystopia. Read this for some retro nostalgia and for the afterword by the translator, who breaks down the many working parts of the novel. (We have copies available in store, call (608)257-7888 to order)
18, pregnant, and stuck in a dead end pizza slinging job, this deadbeat protagonist starts fixating on a mid-30s regular at work. Wry and funny, this debut is taking millennial fiction, and giving it a gen-z twist. It's a quick read, but such a good one!
Vampires are real, but they’re not sparkly or inherently deadly, just unalive. While transness is not something to fret over, but feelings and wants to uncover after years of repression and repressive trans-exclusive-lesbian discourse. A romance, a ghost story, and an exploration of queer fanfic writers and readers. What an easy, illuminating read. Transmasculine MC and genderfluid love interest :]
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Punk anti-establishment poetic prose. This is auto-fiction parading as a novel, and sometimes it's a drug induced body horror. I absolutely loved the rumination on art, meaning making, and nonbinary philosophy.
I'm in love with this debut novel! Realistic queer fiction with an element of magic set in the misty Pacific Northwest. Owen has grown up hiding from the Army of Acronyms because there is a small bird that lives in his chest. This makes him a Terror, an anomaly, and a medical wonder. While the queer coming-of-age tale focuses mostly on being gay, the magical element of this book both works as a trans metaphor, and diverts the drama away from queerness to not add to the plethora of tragic queer tropes. It was a heartfelt read!