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Nevada is the darkly comedic story of Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman living in New York City and trying to stay true to her punk values while working retail. When she finds out her girlfriend has lied to her, the world she thought she'd carefully built for herself begins to unravel, and Maria sets out on a journey that will most certainly change her forever.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Topside Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jun 14, 2014 Louisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I was super excited to read a book about a post-transition trans woman: Enter Maria who has finally moved out of Pennsylvania or cow town as she called it and made her way into NYC where she met Steph and is employed by a high-end bookshop in Manhattan. You are made aware almost immediately that Maria is not completely comfortable in her body. She feels disconnected from it, which is the part I found to be most revealing and interesting. She also gives you an insight into what it's like to trans...more
Nov 15, 2012 Imogen is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hey every author on Goodreads I've been unfairly dismissive toward! Here's your chance to get me back. xo
I think the only other book I've ever read in one sitting was Animal Farm and that was just because that book is really short and easy to read. Reading usually makes me fall asleep, even when I'm really into it. I stayed up until 4:30 in the morning reading this book and I'm too wound up to sleep even though I finished it. I've never liked anything the way I liked Nevada. I swear I'm not being paid to say that. Holy shit. *full disclosure: it wasn't technically one sitting. I stopped to make din...more
Earlier this year, when I first started to try to get people to understand what I meant when I said that I was transgender, I searched high and low for any texts that I could give people to describe the dissociation from my body, the self-loathing I carried with me everywhere, the complete sense of helpless panic mixed with the certainty that I needed to do something. I wanted to find just one text that could express all of that and help others understand why I'd undertaken, why I had very much...more
I know nothing about transgender people.
I didn't even know autogynephilia was a thing.
I'm a young cis female, possibly bisexual, who has had nothing to do with actual gender issues, whether personally or through other people, in her entire life, despite being fiercely protective of all minorities, including the LGBTBBQWTF community that's not even actually a minority anymore (was it ever?).

So this book kind of opened a whole new world in front of my eyes, because despite not digging as deep as i...more
Joey Alison Sayers
It's a pretty intense feeling when you start reading a book, and you realize that for the first time in your life you can relate to the narrator in a way you've never related to one before. I read a ton of novels, and this is the only time I've encountered a post-transition trans woman narrator. And that makes me feel incredibly good and incredibly bad at the same time. This isn't to say that I identify completely with Maria. Far from it. In fact I would say that I vacillated between wanting to...more
Alice Kalafarski

Disclaimer: I know Imogen from Camp Trans and the internet, and I was really excited to hear she was getting published. I have no idea how this book would be read by someone who doesn't know her, but I really do think anyone could enjoy it.

I should also note that I've read a fair amount of Imogen's writing online, and her style is very similar to the style used in the book. She has a lot in common with Maria, and at first it seemed odd for her to be writing Maria in the third person. There's al...more
You should read this because you are probably an insensitive patriarchy-reinforcing asshole like me. You should read this because you have made or stood by and listened to transmisogynistic statements and not even thought twice. You should read this because you exoticize otherness and somehow think that trans women (or anyone else for that matter) are (/is) not as boring or complicated or rich in inner life as you. You should read this because this is a rad novel with a more than under-represent...more
Anna Wiggins
This review will contain spoilers. I'll spoiler-tag the worst offenders.

I read this book in less than a day. But for all that I devoured it, I can't decide what I think of it.

It is probably the first novel I've ever read that was written by a trans woman, or was about trans characters. So I found a lot to relate to, possibly divorced from any objective measure of the quality of the book. A lot of things hit close to home, here, and I can't be objective. I'll do my best.

The first thing that jumpe...more
Mar 26, 2013 Mik rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
Reading Imogen Binnie's "Nevada" fills me with the kind of nervous excitement I get when I go to a great panel or am having a wonderful conversation with a new friend - part of me can't wait to find out everything that happens, but a larger part of me doesn't want to finish a book that speaks so intensely to my heart. I feel like for the first time I understand when people say a "fresh voice" - Binnie's prose is so real and believable and yet is like nothing I've read. I find myself falling in l...more
3.5 stars on this. I'm really glad this book is out there, I'll say that first. It was pretty awesome to read a book that I could relate to so well in terms of the politics and such, though at times those politics were a bit didactic and smug. I wasn't the biggest fan of the writing style--for the first 50 or so pages I felt completely irritated by the number of times "like" was used. Then I pushed through that. There was a lot of "telling" about how the characters felt, though that was probably...more
Mar 05, 2013 Madeleine is currently reading it
Shelves: own
FINALLY! I've been waiting for this novel since the day I heard about it and today I got it in the mail. So I'm typing this with it in my lap.

What I can tell you so far:
1. Production quality is great! I was just complaining to a friend the other day when I saw the paperback version of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice that was published by Penguin and how awful the production quality was.
Topside Press took no shortcuts with the production of this paperback edition. Quality all around!
2. The cover a...more
Imogen Binnie is an exciting new novelist and her book feels very necessary – so necessary I've already added it to the top of the small pile of trans-themed books I’m always pestering people to read, particularly the many sex therapists with Trans clients whom I happen to know. While Nevada gets a bit polemical at times I never cared because Binnie’s voice is so punk-fresh, lively and conversational that I was always entertained, often laughing out loud, even as she was schooling me on what it’...more
ncn nothing
Okay, reading a book like Nevada is on the one hand fantastic because you're like, "omg, a writer who is totally brilliant and has great style AND structure AND politics, really? we get to have this?" and on the other hand frustrating, because just when you're all set to go on an Imogen Binnie reading rampage you remember, Oh yeah, it's her first novel and there aren't any more yet. The book is like that too--frustrating in the best possible way. It's like you're jerking off but you can't come,...more
Sian Lile-Pastore
I loved this.
Loved the style and the voice and felt really connected to it. Reminiscent of early Michelle Tea with it's rawness and honesty and just all-round awesomeness. Adored the character of maria too so was a teensy bit disappointed that we followed more of James' story half way through and felt that Maria's voice was more 'real' to me, although that could be just because I related to her more... liked the ending though in it's real life unresolved way.
want more.
(I also love reading about...more
I thought Nevada was great. The characters felt real and the ideas were interesting. And, like many of the other reviewers, I read this book quickly. It's easy to do because the story is compelling and the chapters are short. But I think it is worth noting that despite the fact that it can be a quick read, it is not a superficial one and I expect that I might re-read it a little more slowly at some point in order to process it all a little better.
One of my favorite moments in life is the moment in which you realize the book you have invested your time in reading is really, really good. That moment happened very early on in this book, and I loved every page of it. Touching, true, funny and, yeah, capital 'I' Important, this book rules, and if you haven't read it, you should.
Morgan M. Page
NEVADA is probably the best book in the English language with a trans protagonist. It's absolutely essential reading, and will be for a long time to come.
I loved this. The way dissociation is written is really painful (shutting off, feeling guilty for being shut off, pretending not to be shut off, feeling guilty and sociopathic for pretending so well that even you believe it, everyone generally feeling very frustrated). I like how Binnie writes detail really meticulously and rapidly. The writing feels unforced and not overwritten. If she wasn't such a good writer the plot and the ending would've been a bit dull and unsatisfying because it ends re...more
blazed through in 24 hours. this book is sooo good.
First off, I have changed my rating of this book a few times now. (From 3 to 5 finally). I think it's because I've read it like three times through, and it seems better to me each time. I can't exactly articulate why it seems better to me, because I have too many feelings about it in that area between my heart and stomach. I'm going with 5 stars because I can't rate this book pretend-dispassionately, like I would some canonical old novel. And my personal, emotional reaction to it is 5-starry. I...more
I wavered between rating this four and five stars - while reading, I felt like the story was a little slow to start, but that may be because A) the overwhelming majority of what I read is YA fiction, known for its "fast paced action" or whatever, so maybe I'm spoiled/need to read more adult fiction to put this in better context, or B) from the summary, I was expecting a more traditional road trip narrative. It isn't, and that's just fine, but it wasn't until part two of the book that I got a han...more
Ok. Full disclosure, Imogen and I have been Twitter friends for a while now and Livejournal friends before that, back in the day, and I've thought her writing totally rocked for years and was thus super excited to read this book when I found out she was getting published. So yes, I went into this expecting it would completely melt my face. Here's the thing: it really, really did.

Is it without flaws? Of course not. I've read a lot of mixed reviews on part 2 of the book versus part 1, and a lot of...more
99% of the time, I read ridiculous YA or adult fantasy about dragons and stuff. I am not ashamed to admit that I read to check out of reality. That being said, I was interested to read this book because it came highly recommended to me, but also wary that I might not be able to get into it at all. I read the 3 chapter sample the publisher put up and was immediately hooked! I felt like the characters were real in a way that was kinda embarrassing - like you are glad you are reading about them in...more
Loved this book. Particularly interesting to me is how transparently and complexly Maria, the protagonist, takes on a kind of pedagogical role -- for both James and the general reader -- these "teaching moments" are complicated by anxieties and critical awareness of the diversity of trans experience, and don't read as didactic or prescriptive but as straight-up radical infosharing; the book is very aware of itself as a counternarrative. Very glad this exists in the world.
read this so fast. totally compelling. I intend to write more in the blog closer to publication. but this is a title to watch out for if you have any interest in growing up, staying true to yourself, being aware of the world, and it's also funny.

but if you aren't a fan of authors who don't use quotation marks, you may want to stay away (like everything else in the ARC, this could change in the final version)
Jun 16, 2013 Meghan added it
Shelves: fiction, glbtq
"She collected strangers' zines. She held onto anything she could find that told her there were things going on outside her own experience: the Church of the Subgenius, Sandman Comics, Maximum Rocknroll, 'alternative rock,' bizarre Canadian sketch comedy."
On the cover of my copy Michelle Tea blurbs something like "a great new literary voice". Tea is not exaggerating. I've read few things in which a main character's motives, personality, life mantra, whatever, are so apparent. Binnie slips the reader into Maria Griffith's world like, no big deal, you've probably been here all along? And in turn, Maria is like, hey, here I am. I'm complicated. Aren't you?

This novel is sometimes billed as a road-trip-coming-of-age book but I'd say it's more realist...more

Here's the short version of this review: this book is good and you should read it.

The longer version is obviously more sprawling and incoherent, because this book gave me a lot of Thinkings and Feelings and it's hard to know how to wrap them up into a nice neat package, so instead I'll take the lazy way out and write what is essentially an unstructured blog post. I may have some mild spoilers below, so, you know, go read the book first then come back.

I've been Internet Friends with Imogen since...more
I wavered between three and four stars on this one but settled on four due to the author's unique voice and deft handling of the experience of a young trans* woman's life post-transition. The narrative voice is hard to describe - a sort of 3rd person stream of consciousness - but it's the perfect entree to Maria's world as a twenty-something trans/woman/dyke in New York City.

Maria's irreverent without being bitter. She's rebellious but not in a way that lashes out at others. She recognizes that...more
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Imogen Binnie writes a column for Maximum Rocknroll magazine as well as the zines The Fact That It's Funny Doesn't Make It A Joke and Stereotype Threat. Her novel Nevada won a 2013 MOTHA award and it's currently a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She lives near Keene, New Hampshire with her girlfriend and their jerk dog.
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“Eventually you can't help but figure out that, while gender is a construct, so is a traffic light, and if you ignore either of them, you get hit by cars. Which, also, are constructs.” 15 likes
“...nobody really wants to be a trans woman, i.e. nobody wakes up ad goes whoa, maybe my life would be better if I transitioned, alienating most of my friends and my family, I wonder what'll happen at work, I'd love to spend all my money on hormones and surgeries, buying a new wardrobe that I don't even understand right now, probably become unlovable and then ending my short life in a bloody murder.” 1 likes
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