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The Albino Album

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Emerging author Chavisa Woods has been noted for capturing a "strange, troubling vision of domestic life in the rural U.S." (Go Magazine). Here she presents a technicolored vision of rural adolescence, the story of a girl with an unpronounceable name---a fiery, unhinged, growling, big-hearted queer country girl in a dirty black tutu and combat boots who travels along all t ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Seven Stories Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Melki
Nov 19, 2014 Melki rated it really liked it
What's a gal to do after she accidentally feeds her mother to an albino tiger?

Well, the girl with the unpronounceable name, the heroine of this hefty kitten-squisher, will subsequently bumble through life depending on the kindness of strangers. Everyone will inexplicably and instantly fall in love with (or at least want to have sex with) this wretched, unwashed, motherless ragamuffin...even after she loses her hair in a bizarre juggling accident.

Love at first sight? A powerless, uneducated waif
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MerryMeerkat
Sep 30, 2016 MerryMeerkat rated it it was amazing
OMG this book is so freaking amazing. I took a lot of notes and still don't even know where to begin. It is incredibly intense, its very stream of conciousness. I haven't been this excited about a new book since I discovered Haruki Murakami.This book is so hard to describe. But basically its about a young girl who becomes a domestic terrorist. At first you think the book is about China and Panama (characters, not the countries) but they are really just background characters. Then you find out ...more
Faith
Dec 05, 2014 Faith rated it it was amazing
This astonishing novel is pretty darn close to being the Great American Lesbian Novel I've been awaiting for 35 years. The central theme is racial in/justice, and other types of oppression are explored; the largest part of it is set among working-class people in the heartland, and an immigrant is one of the main characters; lesbians are central to the story, and other queer people are featured.

The book jacket says Woods works "in the tradition of the southern gothic." But there’s not too much So
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Brett Axel
Feb 26, 2013 Brett Axel rated it it was amazing
I'm hesitant to use labels like Southern, Poverty, Punk, Lesbian, or Anarchist, because while this book is all of these, they are not treated as gimmick or novelty. Chavisa has lived in these worlds with the keen observation of a cultural anthropologist and has the writing skill to bring it to life for a reader. I put this book on the same list with Tom Robbins, Chuck Palahniuk, and Irvine Welsh. Right now I am reading it for the second time, more slowly, to savor every phrase.
Janet
Apr 01, 2013 Janet rated it it was amazing
I tried to describe what was happening at the end to some straights and realized the hero was riding a white horse into the city to save the heroine. Luckily it's a cliffhanger, the heroine is a homeless terrorist who thinks she's a tiger, and the hero is an intersex Malian activist, and the horse was bred by Nazis
Basically this book is amazing.
Sarah Swedberg
Apr 08, 2014 Sarah Swedberg rated it really liked it
Or maybe 3-1/2 stars...

Through much of this book, I was awestruck. It really is a queer epic (one of the ways it is described on the back cover), with one of the most interesting main characters ever. Woods imagines the most marginal of marginal people and gives her breath and words and sounds and smells.

While much of the book rang true, other parts struck a false chord. It was brilliant, but in places it fell a little flat. Woods tried to cover too much territory.
Mersini
Jul 10, 2014 Mersini rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to begin with this book. I feel like so much happened and I'm still dizzy; my thoughts are trying to catch up with my feelings. Basically, this book is amazing. You have a queer main character with an unpronounceable name, who sometimes goes by Mya, a non-binary character of colour who's an activist, at least one other queer character of colour, whose particular brand of activism sometimes spills into the territory of terrorism, men with southern drawls who horse nap in ...more
Jeanne Thornton
Mar 28, 2013 Jeanne Thornton rated it it was amazing
CHAVISA IS THE BEST. I met her because I got a copy of her first book, Love Does Not Make Me Gentle Or Kind, by weird circumstance, read it, reviewed it for the Fiction Circus site, and every so often we would talk and thus I learned about this book. I had the hella great privilege of reading parts of it while it was in progress. She described it as a "queer epic." IT IS. It's like straight up Moby Dick for a certain segment of modern, marginalized, left-political queer America.

Erudite and funn
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Donna
Jul 25, 2013 Donna rated it it was amazing
This book was so amazing. I had been looking for a queer novel that didn't obsess over the fact that everyone is gay. Most YA LGBT books are like "WAHHH i can't be a lesbian my parents will hate me waaaH" this book was really a breath of fresh air. It was great to just have characters who were queer and it wasn't weird or second guessed it was just them. I love how she had the off-hand stories going on as well, with Gabriel and Cindy. I found myself flipping through the book and gasping with ...more
Amy
Feb 27, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Chavisa Woods is a force to be reckoned with and I am so glad that I will have the great opportunity to hear her read March 8th at Lawn Gnome Bookstore in Phoenix. Her debut Novel is a wonderful piece of literature that you won't want to put down. It soars and beckons you to stay put and fly right alongside.
franciszka
Sep 10, 2014 franciszka rated it it was amazing
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this is the first book i read 'for pleasure' after grad school. i couldn't put it down.
it slowed down too much for me at the beginning of section two, but i loved the world it took me to.
queer. political. story. brilliant characters.
Joey Diamond
Jun 04, 2013 Joey Diamond marked it as to-read
Do I want to read this queer epic magical realism book? I thought so til I saw it compared to Irvine welch and chuck palahniuk....
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Apr 13, 2013 Mr. rated it it was amazing
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A very interesting book.
I really enjoyed reading it.
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Feb 14, 2014 Jamie Lynn rated it it was amazing
My new favorite book. It repeatedly broke my heart and put it back together again.
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