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Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatin
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Jul 04, 12

bookshelves: 2012, adult, dystopian-post-apocalyptic, library, glbtq
Read in July, 2012

Some kind of plague is running through an unnamed city. The transvestite owner of a beauty salon has transformed her business into The Terminal, where she takes in men (and only men) who are close to death (and only those; if you look like you have too much life in you yet, she sends you away until you're closer to the end). She used to have several tanks of brightly-colored, exotic fish as decor; she's down to a handful of hearty guppies in a cloudy tank.

There's no character arc here, no big moment of growth and understanding. This is a novella more concerned with getting an accurate snapshot of the setting and main character than with developing anything and making the reader comfortable. It's a quick read (at 63 pages) but a long digestion; it's one that will gnaw on the corner of your brain for a while after reading it.

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