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Little Fish by Casey Plett
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it was amazing
bookshelves: favoritest, queer, small-press

Little Fish is hands down the book most intimately reflective of my transfeminine experience of any book I have ever read. This book knows me & knows my complicated interpersonal feelings & hopes & joys & disappointments. This is the book of the decade as far as I'm concerned. I have learned deep things about myself from this book. I have ugly cried once and normal cried twice from this book. I am not like the main character of Little Fish. But this character knows me. I am in her world. We have probably hooked up. We have maybe traded escort stories. We could have run into each other at the free clinic and I could have bummed a cigarette from her just to have someone to talk to. This book got under my skin like books NEVER do to me. Reading it has been a heavy, personal, deeply emotional experience. I can't say I am enjoying reading it. This isn't enjoyment. This book knows me. It creeps in and takes me to hard places I forgot I had in me. I'm not a Mennonite. I've never been to Winnepeg, & I have no idea what it would be like to be trans there. This book has difficult experiences that I couldn't imagine having. I mean my difficult experiences are different ones. Most of them. But I know what it's like growing up in a religious community that rejects you. Mine was that of conservative Indiana megachurches. Idk. It's not worth playing compare and contrast bc that's meaningless. There is so much here for me though. The emotional core of the experiences. I am losing words for what this book did to me and why and what it is about it that is so special. But it's very, very deeply real. I want to read this book again but I feel like I'm going to have to wait for when I need it. I'll know that time when it comes. Already today I was having a conversation w a close friend and I took photos of five pages of this book to show her something that felt related to what we were talking about. This is the book I'm going to be paraphrasing and pulling off the shelf to show people during late night spill-your-guts, real-as-fuck conversations. I don't want to over hype it. But this is a very important book for me. I know I'm projecting a lot of my own shit onto it. Idk. I guess that's what art is for though. I'm going through some internal realization shit and this book brought me there. So yr gonna have to deal with me being really fucking extra about it because that's how I am.

Also let it be known, I'm shipping Wendy & Reina
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Started Reading
May 7, 2018 – Finished Reading
May 9, 2018 – Shelved
May 9, 2018 – Shelved as: favoritest
May 9, 2018 – Shelved as: queer
May 9, 2018 – Shelved as: small-press

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Brandi Campbell I too, found this to be a much more realistic portrayal of the transfeminine experience than the 'usual fare'. Extremely relatable--if not in experience, then at least in feeling.


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