Finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards, Bisexual Fiction Category.
Two sex addicts meet and fall in love. A woman catches her husband cheating on her with their dog and escapes to her sister's horse farm. Four friends—fellow pervs—grow up and drift apart, pining for each other in silence until one of them is murdered.
In Jess Taylor's sophomore story collection, contemporary views of female sexuality are subverted, and women are given agency over their desires and bodies. Through these characters, sex is revealed to be many things at once: gross, shameful, exhilarating, hidden or open—and always complicated. Reminiscent of the works of Maggie Nelson, Mary Gaitskill and Chris Kraus, the stories in Just Pervs explore the strange oppression and illumination created by desire, the bewilderment of adolescence, and the barriers to intimacy both discovered within and imposed upon ourselves.
About the author
Jess Taylor is a writer and poet based in Toronto, Ontario. She is the host and founder of the Emerging Writers Reading Series and is the fiction editor of Little Brother Magazine. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, magazines, and newspapers, including Little Fiction, Little Brother, This Magazine, The National Post, Emerge Literary Journal, Great Lakes Review, Zouch Magazine, and offSIDE Zine. Her pamphlet chapbook, And Then Everyone, was released by Picture Window Press in the spring of 2014. In October 2014, Anstruther Press released her first full-length chapbook, Never Stop. Recently, she was named "one of the best alt-lit reads coming out of Canada" by Dazed and Confused Magazine. She also received the Gold 2013 National Magazine Award in Fiction for her short story, "Paul," which is the title story from her debut short story collection, Pauls (BookThug, 2015). Connect with Taylor at www.jesstaywriter.com, on Twitter @jesstaylorwriter, or on Tumblr (www.jesstaywriter.tumblr.com).
- Short-listed, Lambda Literary Awards, Bisexual Fiction Category
"Taylor is adept at capturing the anxiety-ridden tenor of the current zeitgeist." —The Globe and Mail
“The characters in Just Pervs, through their puppet-master, Taylor, unflinchingly share pretty much anything with us, eroding the idea that any of the stuff being shared should be taboo or hidden away.” —Shameless
“Taylor’s prose is beautiful and cutting… These stories are cruel and unflinching about everything: characters, events, even the recurring Toronto scenery. Taylor touches on some really lucid relationship dynamics – particularly the grittier, more regrettable short-term kind.” —Quill & Quire
“Jess Taylor’s stories are a lot of fun, but more importantly they push up against misconceptions about what it means to be a sexual woman.” —49th Shelf
"It's an exciting thing to behold; one gets the sense of discovering in her authentic, compelling voice a master-in-waiting, like a young Alice Munro." —National Post
"Taylor exhibits remarkable insights into matters of the fickle heart." —Toronto Star