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The City of a Thousand Feelings doesn't let certain people inside its walls. It's a place where emotions can become visible, but it flees the approach of a makeshift army who want to enter. Two of the trans women in this army forge a deep, complicated, and at times contentious friendship spanning thirty years. They must come to terms with not only the City's literal and fi ...more
Paperback, 1st , 100 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Aqueduct Press
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Isaac R. Fellman
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A simply gorgeous novella that does in twenty thousand words of pyrotechnics what most authors can’t do in a hundred thousand words of chat. Comes in, hits hard, bursts into bloom, goes home.
Maria Haskins
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
City of a Thousand Feelings has a strong allegorical bent. Most obviously, there’s the City of Feelings itself, a place with gatekeepers and walls, that does not allow the trans women to enter, and which turns out to be quite different on the inside than what those on the outside believed it to be. The novella also has riveting fight scenes full of magic and mayhem that recall the allure of classic sword and sorcery tales. There are eye-popping monsters, dead angels, dazzling spells, fiendish co ...more
Spencer Keralis
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
An exquisitely written, challenging little book. Has all of the strangeness and peculiarity of DeNiro's earlier work, but with a deep well of humanity and integrity at its core. Tempting to read this as an allegory of white feminism's rejection of trans women, but that's not necessary to enjoy the vibrant prose and to take pleasure in DeNiro's sheer agility with language. Lovely work. ...more
Uudenkuun Emilia
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of feeling and metaphor packed into this short novella. The metaphors for trans oppression and how that intersects with all sorts of oppression were really well crafted, the narrator's loneliness and struggle felt real, and the ending was so full of hope for a new and more inclusive world. ...more
Phoebe Mogharei
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
A novella that works as a metaphor and as a fantastical story in itself. Love the core relationship that, like the city of their dreams, is unbounded and based in a recognition of mutual power.
Laura Sackton
I enjoyed the idea of this, but the actual story was just too vague for me to connect with.
Seras23
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really love this novella. It is strange and beautiful. I would really have loved if it had been expanded into a full novel and explored this world more fully.
Nicasio Reed
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly beautiful. The language, the imagery, the characters, the world, everything. The amount of feeling (lol, yes, but it's true) and creativity packed into this short novella is astonishing. ...more
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