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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 (first published January 1st 2013)
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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
Nina
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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Alice Kalafarski
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
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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
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.
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
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
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
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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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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Pixie
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqiap
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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.
Madeleine
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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M.
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: fiction, lgbtq
"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."
Joseph
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
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
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
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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Sian Lile-Pastore
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, lgbtqi
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
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MJ
May 11, 2015 added it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I ripped through this in a day and a half, borrowed from my partner's partner, and now I have no desire to read the stack of Michelle Tea and Semiotexte novels sitting on my dresser. Oops!

It's just so casual and disaffected and fucked up and cool in exactly the way that makes me feel like too much of a tryhard nerd to write a fitting review because in my secret heart of hearts I'm one of those too-earnest, deeply unhip academic queers, and even this self-aware comment is part of the problem, and
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Alex
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Timothy
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer-fiction
blazed through in 24 hours. this book is sooo good.
Kevin
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Erin
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delightfully profane and self-aware.
Zoe
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Post-transition trans women, people who think they might be trans, everybody else
Recommended to Zoe by: Every trans woman in the world
Shelves: favorites
***This review contains spoilers***

As a trans woman, this book hit close to home in a way that no other fiction has for me, except maybe A Safe Girl to Love. I picked it up because nearly every trans woman I know has been raving about it for the past couple of years. At first, I was moderately enjoying it, finding certain passages pretty relatable - most of the character's gender analysis, the frustrations with interacting with people who knew you before transition, the inability to be present f
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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 then lost at the Lambda Literary Awards. She lives near Keene, New Hampshire with her girlfriend and their jerk dog and, most recently, their tiny little kid.
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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.” 43 likes
“...nobody really wants to be a trans woman, i.e. nobody wakes up and 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.” 14 likes
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