Abigail Tarttelin

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October 13, 1987

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Abigail Tarttelin is an award-winning author, screenwriter, actress, and musician. As a writer, she is best known for Golden Boy, “a grippingly innovative” coming-of-age novel with a “radical non-binary, pro-intersex message” (Autostraddle). Golden Boy is the winner of an Alex Award from the American Library Association, a LAMBDA Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Debut, a Booklist Top Ten First Novel of 2013, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, and is published in eight languages.

Also a screenwriter, Abigail has served as a juror for the British Independent Film Awards, and is currently working on the Duck Soup/BBC Films adaptation of Golden Boy. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, Glamour, Phoenix, Oh
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Hi Leah, I didn’t write that Golden Boy! I wrote another book called Golden Boy, with an intersex protagonist.
Abigail Tarttelin and 10 other people liked Indieflower's review of Golden Boy:
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
"A really interesting read, I learnt a lot about intersex, a subject I knew very little about. I cared about the main character Max, and found the description of his assault incredibly disturbing, but I felt there was something slightly unrealistic ab" Read more of this review »
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
" Hi Lisa, thank you so much for reading, and I noticed you also read Dead Girls! Thank you!! Really lovely of you to review too. Hope you are well! Abb ...more "
Abigail Tarttelin and 7 other people liked Lisa's review of Golden Boy:
Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
"This is predominantly a coming of age story & character driven family drama consisting of multiple POV's; our main character is 16 year old Max.
It's more intense than your average read as it deals with some serious issues such as rape, being intersex" Read more of this review »
Menino de Ouro by Abigail Tarttelin
Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin
" Oh, Agnes! Thank you so much! If I may, I'd like to recommend Golden Boy next... and I'm working on a new one! Love, Abby xx ...more "
Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin
" Hi Marian, thank you so much for reading and reviewing! It was so great to read your review--yes! This was what I was intending! I'm so glad it worked ...more "
Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin
" Hi Kate! I just saw this review now and then when I reached the end and saw "bookalong"... I know you!! Thank you so much for reading and for this lov ...more "
Dead Girls by Abigail Tarttelin
" Thank you for reviewing Christina! I hope you have some good conversations about the issues in DG!! "
More of Abigail's books…
“It takes strength to be proud of yourself and to accept yourself when you know that you have something out of the ordinary about you.”
Abigail Tarttelin, Golden Boy

“Think of that person you knew when you were a kid, who you always thought you could have loved completely and forever.Well, you could have. It’s the truth, and it’s the saddest and simplest thing. There isn’t just one person for each of us in the world. There aren’t many, but there are always a few people we could have made it with, that maybe we still want to make it with, that press themselves so close to our hearts they leave scars, and then slip through our fingers and disappear from our lives. And it doesn’t make a difference if you’re thirteen or ninety- eight because some things you feel are real, no matter when.”
Abigail Tarttelin, Flick

“Sometimes I still feel that there are two of me: one clean, flawless picture, the other imperfect and cracked; one boy, one girl; one voice that speaks aloud and one that whispers in my ear; one publicly known to have been troubled but be on the mend, the other who has privately lost something to do with innocence and gained something to do with knowledge and adulthood that can never be undone. I feel sometimes there are things that tear me in two directions, that there are two sets of thoughts that grow side by side. But then I realize that I am whole, whatever that means and does not mean; I am complete without the need for additions or alteration.”
Abigail Tarttelin, Golden Boy

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“My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!”
Edna St. Vincent Millay, A Few Figs from Thistles

“The greatest feminists have also been the greatest lovers. I'm thinking not only of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelley, but of Anais Nin, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and of course Sappho. You cannot divide creative juices from human juices. And as long as juicy women are equated with bad women, we will err on the side of being bad.”
Erica Jong

Love is Not All

Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain;
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
And rise and sink and rise and sink again;
Love can not fill the thickened lung with breath,
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
Even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
Pinned down by pain and moaning for release,
Or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It well may be. I do not think I would.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Collected Poems

“This is why you must love life: one day you're offering up your social security number to the Russian Mafia; two weeks later you're using the word calve as a verb.”
Maria Semple, Where'd You Go, Bernadette

“I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.”
Dorothy Parker, Here Lies: The Collected Stories of Dorothy Parker




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Connie Abigail, Flick is due to be in Indigo stores in Canada May 19, 2015. I can't wait, though, so I'm going to order the eBook from Amazon.ca!


Abigail Tarttelin Becky wrote: "Thanks for the recommendation, Abby! This sounds interesting! I'll definitely get it the next time I order more books... which will probably be sometime soon. Thanks!!! :) -Becky
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It's SUCH a great book Becky! Hope you enjoy it!


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Becky Thanks for the recommendation, Abby! This sounds interesting! I'll definitely get it the next time I order more books... which will probably be sometime soon. Thanks!!! :) -Becky
Delusions of Gender How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine


Abigail Tarttelin Rustin wrote: "Thanks for the add. Do you have any advice for a new op and coming author?" I am one Rustin! I don't know if I'd be the best person to give advice! Write a book, get yourself a great agent! I didn't know anyone in the industry before I sent my book out. I found out how to submit to agents by reading their submission requirements on their websites. Send in your manuscript and be prepared to wait a while - it'll be worth it!


Rustin Petrae Thanks for the add. Do you have any advice for a new op and coming author?


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