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Fiction Small Town & Rural

Small Beauty

by (author) jia qing wilson-yang

Publisher
Metonymy Press
Initial publish date
May 2016
Category
Small Town & Rural, General, Transgender
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780994047120
    Publish Date
    May 2016
    List Price
    $16.95

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Description

Coping with the death of her cousin, Mei abandons her life in the city to live in his now empty house in a small town. There she connects with his history as well as her own, learns about her aunt's long-term secret relationship, and reflects on the trans women she has left behind.

Small Beauty explores the protagonist's transness, but it also tenderly yet bitterly unpacks her experiences as a mixed-race person of Chinese descent, cycles of death and loss, and queer and intergenerational community. Small Beauty wanders through isolation, and then breaks it--a trajectory that will resonate with readers who are thirsty for their own stories on the page.

About the author

jia qing wilson-yang is a mixed race trans woman living in Toronto. She likes to write poems and stories and music. Her writing has appeared in Bound to Struggle: Where Kink and Radical Politics Meet (ed. Simon Strikeback), Letters Lived: Radical Reflections, Revolutionary Paths (ed. Sheila Sampath), and the women of colour issue of Room magazine. She has recorded several acoustic albums and this one time was a drummer in a pop punk band. Small Beauty is her first novel.

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Awards

  • Winner, Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction
  • Short-listed, The Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers

Editorial Reviews

http://plenitudemagazine.ca/coming-home-in-small-beauty/

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