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Restless Town

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Exploring themes of identity, sexuality, and mental health, these ten furry stories dive into the lives of those from the town of Sawtooth, Idaho. - The Fool: A student and a motherly badger explore questions of identity through a tarot reading. - Disappearance: A weasel attempts to escape from her life in Sawtooth to Oregon, but finds her old life still tied to home. - Fi ...more
Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published November 8th 2019
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Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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It seems strange to call a book 'gentle' when it comes with content warnings, but this collection earns the title with a series of introspective pieces in which thoughts and feelings are slowly and carefully explored.

I love furry slice-of-life, and I love stories set in and around a single location - and what author wouldn't like to visit coffee bar-cum-bookshop The Book and the Bean? Above all, I valued the sensitive, realistic portrayals of anxiety and depression. Sawtooth is a restful town as
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You can find a full review of this book story by story here on the Furry Book Review.

Restless Town is a collection of stories written by Madison Scott-Clary. Published in various anthologies and places, they all cover different themes, ideas, and lives of different people. A quick warning before we get onto the full review: many of the stories contain moments of sexuality among other themes that may be difficult for certain readers. All of these are mentioned in the book itself before you start
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'd describe this book as blank-positive. It's not a fun, easy romp, but it's an exploration of some topics that can be rather frowned upon. It's looking at neurodivergent, gender identity, sexual orientation, and really examining some of these topics. For sure, I ended most of these stories wanting to hug someone for the characters seem to be in want of an empathic person most of the time.

But there's some genuine moments of joy and catharsis, and the knowledge that things may not feel like the
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Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is very well written, but my own experiences are so foreign to the ones described that it was hard for me to understand, let alone get involved. Mind, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with being trans, or having poly relationships. I'm just an outsider to all that and left puzzled and mystified. ...more
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Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think Restless Town may be one of the first collections of short stories I've read that all seem to be semi-autobiographical. The author has truly put a lot of herself into these stories all centered around Sawtooth, Idaho. There's a special kind of earnestness I felt while reading. Like the author was showing parts of her life in these characters and in sharing them feeling better about it. I really enjoyed the stories as well, my favorites being: Disappearance, You're Gone, and Overclassific ...more
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Madison Scott-Clary an author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry living in the Pacific Northwest. Her interests lie in the realms of furry fiction and non-fiction, collaborative fiction, and hypertextual writing. She is a member of the Furry Writers’ Guild, and editor for Hybrid Ink, a small publisher of thoughtful fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

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