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A Dream of a Woman
A Dream of a Woman | Casey Plett, Arsenal Pulp Press
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Award-winning novelist Casey Plett (Little Fish) returns with a poignant suite of stories that center transgender women.
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kwmg40
A Dream of a Woman | Casey Plett, Arsenal Pulp Press
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A collection of stories told from the viewpoint of transgender women. Beautiful writing, with many of the stories set in the Canadian prairies.

This was my #DoubleSpin selection. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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Bertha_Mason
A Dream of a Woman | Casey Plett, Arsenal Pulp Press

"It was a mental sleight of hand, an escape through a wall; the bovine stasis that had characterized his adult life suddenly transfigured into bovine momentum."
-"Obsolution"

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Bertha_Mason
A Dream of a Woman | Casey Plett, Arsenal Pulp Press

"Hazel had felt herself teetering on an edge then, between a fear of how volatile it might be to continue knowing these boys and a distant sadness at the knowledge that she might never see these stupid fuckers again."
-"Hazel & Christopher"

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Lindy
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Quiet, acute and bittersweet. I recommend this collection featuring trans women who are as real as real can be. They deal with ordinary adult concerns—jobs, longtime addictions, looking for love that will last—complicated by their unique experiences of being trans. One of the stories is a novella split into 5 chapters, interleaved with the other stories; somehow more satisfying than reading it of a piece. #LGBTQ #CanadianAuthor #shadowgiller2021

Lindy What do you think of the cover art? It‘s by Sybil Lamb, who created 7mo
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Lindy
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“Stopping again is always an option, and that keeps me sane. Just like when I‘m not drinking, I know starting again is always an option, and that keeps me sane too.”

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Lindy
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Her inner conception of her appearance is amorphous and difficult to describe, but if she had to try, she might say it is of something masculine without a face, a muscular crush of feathers travelling through a room.

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Lindy
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“Some people say it was Menno shit, or small-town shit, but Gemma knows better. None of it‘s special. There‘s a line in a book by Miriam Toews herself: “It‘s just something that happens sometimes, a story as old as time, and this time it happened to me.”

(I love seeing one former Mennonite acknowledging another within fiction. #CanLit)

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Lindy
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“That‘s the thing,” Robyn had said softly. “After a certain age, bio family is chosen family, too. You choose to keep it up—or you don‘t. Both kinds can be unhealthy. Both kinds can be good. And you‘re never obligated to do a thing to someone who isn‘t good to you. Ever.”

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Lindy
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We were sold that what‘s written on the internet was forever, but the fact is, so much of it was impermanent daydreams and abysses, gone the second you forgot how to look it up or the owner deleted it or unfriended you, or it lived on a remote subdivision that the Wayback Machine just wasn‘t meant to capture.

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Lindy
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Truth was, you could be trans and not pass, and this might suck, but it didn‘t make you any less trans or less of a woman. You could be trans if it made you a homo, be trans without taking hormones, be trans and keep your old friends if they weren‘t dicks, be trans and keep your dick, be trans if you wanted to be out about it, for God‘s sake. You know what being stealth does to your soul?

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Lindy
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Was David gonna transition? Who fucking knew? Not him. It was a scary thought. For years, he‘d spent nights on the internet, discovering how one went about this. And every night, he‘d gone to bed blocking out more fears than he‘d started with. The spectre of poverty & rejection & violence alone were enough to instill an understanding in his body: You only do this if you‘re 300 percent sure.

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Lindy
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The main character, Hazel, is involved in a sex workers‘ rights organization that “consisted of two factions: white academics/camgirls and twinky Métis social workers.”

I went to the internet to find out what‘s a camgirl … Oh! I didn‘t need to click on any of the search results to understand the term.

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Lindy
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Heading into a new book… it‘s a good sign when I‘m intrigued by the epigraphs.

Cathythoughts 👍🏻💫💫 7mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts “Temporarily could last a long time” 😊 7mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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No surprise I loved Casey Plett's most recent short story collection. She writes about (and for) trans women, often looking at relationships between them. Her characters are so intricate and authentic. From one woman with Mennonite roots returning to the prairies to another leaving Portland queertopia to transition in NYC anonymity, the stories crackle with quiet complexity. The characters felt like friends who came to visit and left. I miss them.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 8mo
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shawnmooney Fascinating – this has been on my radar for a few weeks and it‘s getting bumped up higher on the list thanks to you! I wonder if I might coax you onto Zoom for a 10-minute chat about this book for my BookTube channel, specifically for my new Bite-sized Book Chat series? The playlist of all the episodes is here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf. I‘d be delighted to have you as a guest! 8mo
prowlix I just bought her book Little Fish this summer and it‘s staring at me from my “short list tbr.” I‘m so excited to read her 8mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @shawnmooney Hi Shawn! Thanks so much for the offer. Sadly I am quite overloaded right now--working and 36 weeks pregnant. Maybe sometime in the future! 😊 8mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @prowlix Also great, as is her first story collection A Safe Girl to Love and the trans SFF anthology she edited with Cat Fitzpatrick. All her work is so good!! 8mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Took myself out for lunch on my last day of work before maternity leave!! Yum, pesto mac and cheese and a Casey Plett book 📚🏳️‍🌈🧀
#QueerBooks #TransBooks

BookishTrish Enjoy your leave! ❤️💚 9mo
Bertha_Mason Congratulations! 9mo
Tamra Wishing you & baby the best! 9mo
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SW-T Nice! Best to you and the baby! 🥰 9mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @SW-T thank you 😊 9mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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"She thought of a generation of girls who might grow up strong and unbothered and untouched, healthy, beautiful, learned, and full of love, who could fall into adulthood knowing girlhood, girlhood in full, having the chance at normal kinds of pain, who would grow and grow and grow and grow and grow and grow and grow and grow and become oceans, gentle armies, thick with pared-down wisdom and love." ? #TransBooks #QueerBooks #CanLit

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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So thrilled to get Casey Plett's latest book in the mail today!! Seriously have to stop myself from dropping the other three books I'm reading right now.

"Centring transgender women seeking stable, adult lives, A DREAM OF A WOMAN finds quiet truth in prairie high rises and New York warehouses, in freezing Canadian winters and drizzly Oregon days."

Plus, look at that gorgeous cover with art by Sybil Lamb!

#QueerBooks #TransBooks

Bertha_Mason I'm so excited for this one! 10mo
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