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Dark, irreverent, and truly innovative, the speculative stories in Homesick meditate on the theme of home and our estrangement from it, and what happens when the familiar suddenly shifts into the uncanny. In stories that foreground queer relationships and transgender or nonbinary characters, Cipri delivers the origin story for a superhero team comprised of murdered girls; ...more
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Published October 15th 2019 by Dzanc Books
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Charlie Anders
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book, and HOT DAMN. These stories are so vivid and strange and surreal, and yet full of warmth and humanity. It's rare to see a collection of short fiction that conjures such a powerful sense of weirdness and illogic, but also sports tons of characters that feel like fully-realized, flesh-and-blood people. I found myself both wondering about what happened after each of these stories reached a haunting conclusion, but also thinking about the ...more
Leo Robertson
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Certainly great to learn about queer characters, like the bigender Merion in the opening story--hadn't heard that term before--lovely to learn about someone who inhabits male and female at will being loved for who they are. It's of course of vital importance to read the writing of people who understand these characters and this emerging terminology, which is definitely the biggest plus of this collection. (As someone who is technically "queer", a little odd to see the word used in blurbs as a ...more
Lori
This gorgeous and eerie collection captured me completely, from the opening story "A Silly Little Love Story" in which the main character believed an art appreciating ghost had taken up residence in his closet, through to the second-to-last story “Presque Vu,”, in which spirits begin walking an apocalyptic earth and humans find themselves visited with their own very strange and specific hauntings.

While each story doesn't contain ghosts perse, they do all interweave a paranormal element. A
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Bogi Takács
Saving this for a longer review! Also a Tiptree eligible book, so I’ll need to think about how to do this. (I'm on the jury this year.)

Source of the book: Print ARC from the publisher
Tucker
Sep 27, 2019 marked it as publisher-copies-to-read

Many thanks to Michelle at Dzanc Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Artur Nowrot
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I encountered Nino Cipri’s stories twice recently – in the Transcendent anthology of best transgender-themed speculative fiction and in Capricious magazine’s Gender Diverse Pronouns issue. In both cases Cipri’s stories were among the highlights for me, so I didn’t hesitate much before requesting Homesick. They are a writer I want to read more of.

Homesick is a very tight collection. It doesn’t just present every story the
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kari
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

"Homesick" delivers the promise stated in the title: the nine stories all bring a sense of unfamiliarity, strangeness, and the wish to belong. And the strangeness is only partially related to the speculative element. Most often, the estrangement came from society, family, love, expectations of the outside world. The way Cipri writes this juxtaposition of subtle supernatural and weird or even unfriendly mundane is superb. And
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Uudenkuun Emilia
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

One of the best short story collections I've read in ages. I'd already read some of these stories in the publications they originally appeared in, but they are so great they absolutely deserved a reread. And there were many stories I hadn't read at all!

Favourites I'd previously read: Dead Air, and The Shape of My Name. Both beautiful, sad, and very queer. Ah, I love Nino Cipri's stories. The speculative
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Jo Ladzinski
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Read an eARC I received from Edelweiss

Each story in this collection does an exquisite job conveying the multi-faceted concept of homesickness. Perhaps you're home sick for your literal place of being, or for a time of great triumph, or a past relationship, or it's the person you wish your parents in a different timeline knew you as.

My personal favorites were "the shape of my name," "presque vu", and "Which Super Little Dead Girl Are You?". The voice in these was so strong, telling tales with a
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Samantha
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
This collection of short stories was okay. There were 3 stories I really liked: Which Super Little Dead Girl Are You?; She Hides Sometimes; and I absolutely loved The Shape of My Name. Others were okay, but often felt unfinished or purposely confusing. At other times, the stories seemed really forced. I think the author has potential, but this collection just was not for me. I'm glad to be moving on to other reads.
Joseph
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5

I discuss it in this video wrap-up! Long story short, this is an amazing collection of short stories. Super queer and everything I needed. If you like Carmen Maria Machado's Her Body and Other Parties, give this a go.
Sarah
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I blurbed this connection. I loved this collection. This collection is full of knives, in all the best ways. Indelible images, indelible characters.
Amanda
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really excellent story collection, most of which I would have been happy to have an entire novel of versus a story story.
Tori Heroux
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heady blend of surrealism and realism. Graceful prose underlies Cipro’s analysis of complex ideas—especially in the final story. Manages to be dark without being grim, which is quite a feat.
Kelly
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Who knew why straight people did anything, really."

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss. Trigger warning for racism, homophobia, and transphobia.)

You and I, we’re twenty feet and more than a hundred years apart.

("the shape of my name")


It is easy for him to imagine the worst things. Trying to see exactly what’s in front of him is harder. A plastic container full of living fruit. The streetlight shining through the window. The dangling thread of wool on his suit,
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Maria Haskins
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For the last few years, I've read short fiction by Nino Cipri, and each story has shown off another facet of this writer's impressive skill and range. In Homesick, with nine stories in one collection, the brilliance and depth of Cipri's skills are on full display. These stories are varied as a box of gathered treasure. Some stories are bright and light and beautiful, like the lovely "A Silly Love Story". where something is haunting Jeremy's closet, turning his shirts inside out. Some are strange ...more
Rigby
Wow! Nino Cipri's Homesick is definitely a book that I'm going to come back to. Originally, I was recommended to read this collection based on its similarity to Her Body and Other Parties. It has the same socially conscious horror threads, starting with a bigender character in the first story, same-gender romances throughout, and including the messy community of three queer researchers in the final story.

The best stories come later on in this collection. The final (and longest) story, Before We
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Ian Mond
Extract from my review of Homesick published in the November 2019 issue of Locus:

While not all the stories in Homesick: Stories deal with LGBTQIA issues, there’s a diverse and broad range of perspectives that imbues the collection with a texture that’s unique and refreshing. I was so taken by the variety of voices and style, coupled with the ease with which Cipri welcomes us into their imagined worlds, that I went looking for their other stories (most of which are online). In my search, I also
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Kathryn Kania
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, I do know Nino and one time grubhub called me, yelling at me to come to the door, but it was for Nino and I had to explain to the lady that I lived in Massachusetts, so I couldn't just come let her in.

However, I've admired Nino's work since before they bought me the bagel that caused that confusion. I had read some of these stories before but I somehow completely forgot the end to Presque Vu because it gave me chills AGAIN! I'd highly recommend this to anyone that loves strange,
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Camille E
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. A great fall and Halloween read as we begin to spend more time indoors. This is my first reading of this author's work and will not be my last. Touching, ethereal stories that transcend the space of time and our concepts of places we call home. A tremendous collection with each story just as captivating as the last. Certainly a great quick read for a fall reading circle or to just re-read every now and then, for a quick view outside our world.
C.E. G
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
3 stars for the overall collection - I found most of the stories almost boring at times. But a full 5 for The Shape of My Name. The story explores: what happens if trans people could time travel? What happens if their transphobic family members can also time travel?
Amelia
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley.

I really loved this collection of spooky short stories, mostly featuring trans and queer characters. Several stories successfully experiment with the traditional short story form, including the origins of a vengeful team of murdered girls in the form of a Cosmo quiz, and a very creepy story of a relationship told in voicemail and dictaphone recordings. The surreal and fantastical stories about hauntings, a time traveling family, an ocean found
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Andrienne
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark short stories filled with queer and transgender characters are brimming with the remarkable and the surreal.

Thanks to the publisher for an advance copy.
Dave
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one just snuck in in time to be one of my favorites of 2019. A lot of short story collections are hit and miss, but even the misses here are good.
Nadia
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
Really great short story collection! Cipri is a local author in my city, and I enjoyed their work a lot. Also loved the intersectionalism in the book.
Vanessa
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nino Cipri's vision is utterly unique. These surreal stories are by turns creepy, unsettling, hilarious, and tender. Weird in the best of ways, and haunting.
Charlott
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4,5
Danni Faith
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, bam
I liked this collection a lot. Cipri is talented.
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