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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, 262 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Topside Press
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Gold Dust It’s a terrible book for teens. There’s tons of sex, cussing, & drug use in it. I recommend “Rethinking Normal” instead, which is a true story.…moreIt’s a terrible book for teens. There’s tons of sex, cussing, & drug use in it. I recommend “Rethinking Normal” instead, which is a true story.(less)

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Imogen
Jun 26, 2012 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
Chloe
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
Red
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Irina
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, read-in-2014, lgbt
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
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Joey Alison Sayers
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Anna Wiggins
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trans
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
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Shannon
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really did not enjoy this book; it read kind of like someone tried to make their Tumblr blog into a novel.

There were many thoughtful insights on gender, sexuality, and transgender issues, which made it all the more disappointing to me that Maria, the main character, was unlikeable and tacky -- which may have been the point, but by the end of the book I was so tired of her self-aggrandizing buzzword-y monologues that even examining her from the angle that her growth has been stunted from everythi
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Morgan M. Page
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Albert
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
Robert
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 who 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’s ...more
Mik
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Colin
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Pixie
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqiap
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Kerry
So, man, Nevada.

Nevada is a very important novel. I like reading the other reviews on this site from trans readers who say that they could never really relate to any of the trans narratives out there until they found this book, and then it was like, "wow, yes, this!" They are great and you should read those reviews (you probably actually did that already).

Also I must admit to not having read many trans narratives myself, but apparently mostly they are concerned with the transition itself, and th
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David
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Sonia
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been in a HUGE reading slump so i'm trying to break out of it by rereading a book I had a huge emotional experience with but it was 5 years ago so I don't remember the actual details. Turns out, still very amazing. Read a whole book for the first time in months.
musa b-n
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal!!! Very Intense. Hard To Read but also Very Easy.
Madeleine Morrison
Jun 26, 2012 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
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Carmen
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
So, I think this book is important. It tells an oft-overlooked point of view from a very real place. That's cool. It's frank. Facts trump esotericism.

Stylistically, stream of consciousness works, but seems like it should be in first person. I was more than halfway through the book before the choice of third person made sense, when other points of view were introduced. But the other characters presented surprisingly in in the same voice as Maria. Also, I grew very weary of the words "like" and "
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M.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Picked it up and read it all in one sitting. It's like listening to a really engrossing adventure tale from some dear person you haven't seen in forever (or just met), and then realizing it's early as shit and the sun is coming up. The spiteful yet romantic disposition towards new york city made me actually kind of find some charm in that hyper capitalist vortex & cultural production paradox center. The description of stoner bachelor pads in the middle of nowhere reminded me of times past. The e ...more
Alanna Why
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I first read this about four or five years ago and it instantly became one of my favourite books. Re-reading it as a washed-up punk with a day job, however, makes it hit even harder. Binnie has a way of making the nuances of punk politics, queerness, growing up, feminism, disassociation, having a shitty retail job and depression extremely funny, even when they don't feel that way while you're living through them. I especially love the characterization of Maria and James and how they feel like au ...more
Megan
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Meghan
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, fiction
"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."
Gayathri
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer-lit
The characters were too stoned and/or checked out for me to make any sense. Beyond a point, beginning sentences with 'like' or writing dialogue without quotations becomes repetitive and tedious to read.

Yay for trans person writing relevant trans stories
Nay for the style of writing
Luce
Objectively this was good and it was fantastic at discussing a lot of really important things and the queer rep was great. But I personally just can’t with books where everyone just seems to take drugs all the time. I really don’t enjoy reading about that, ever. And by the time I finished the whole thing the only thing I felt was relief that it was over. Which is a shame because everyone else seems to love this and I wanted to too.
Luthias Buchanan
Sep 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
i'd like to preface this with: i'm trans.

i hated everything about this book. i hated that the only time trans men were brought up was to absolutely shit all over them and talk about how they're the more privileged class of trans. i hated the style of prose, which was stilted and awkward and poorly executed for the direction that the author was clearly trying to go towards. i hated every single one of the characters, all of whom were ridiculous and so far up their own asses that any other charac
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Tim
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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ncn nothing
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Megan
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me.

I didn't particularly like or relate to any of the characters, but I cared about them. I wanted to know what would come of them. I gobbled up this meandering novel as if it were a pot-boiler. As if I needed to know whodunnit.

And here's what kept me going: all along the way, I kept having these moments of OH. I SEE.

Because I've had quite a bit of trouble understanding the perspective of transgender people. In the meantime, I've kind of just been chugging along, giving th
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Imogen Binnie wrote 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 then lost at the Lambda Literary Awards. She lives near Keene, New Hampshire with her girlfriend and their kid.

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