Polar Vortex is a seductive and tension-filled novel about Priya and Alex, a lesbian couple who left the big city to relocate to a bucolic countryside community. It seemed like a good way to leave their past behind and cement their newish, later-in-life relationship. But there’s leaving the past behind–and then there’s running away from awkward histories.
We’re reading Carolina de Robertis’ Cantoras, which follows the friendships of a group of queer women through several decades of a South American dictatorship.
On Thanksgiving morning, Paria Hassouri finds herself furiously praying and negotiating with the universe as she irons a dress her fourteen-year-old, designated male at birth, has secretly purchased and wants to wear to dinner with the extended family. In this wonderfully frank, loving, and practical account of parenting a transgender teen, Paria chronicles what amounts to a dual transition: as her child transitions from male to female, she navigates through anger, denial, and grief to eventually arrive at acceptance.
In Anna Burke’s Compass Rose, young Rose goes deep undercover with a pirate crew in a far future where the entire planet is covered in water.
Yes, that is his real last name. In his debut memoir, Born to Be Public, Greg Mania recounts his coming-of-age adventures in New York City’s wild, early-aughts nightlife scene. Written withthe charm and self-deprecating humor of the genre’s best—David Sedaris, Jenny Lawson, Samantha Irby—for the first time Mania describes what is was like infiltrating the city’s socialite set online, posing with his sky-high coiffure, and eventually trading it all in for a life in comedy.