Little Fish

By (author) Casey Plett
Categories: Fiction: general and literary, Fiction and Related items
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Paperback : 9781551527208, 320 pages, April 2018

Description

A stunning debut novel by the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning story collection A Safe Girl to Love, Little Fish explores the winter of discontent in the life of one transgender woman as her past and future become irrevocably entwined when she discovers that her grandfather may have been trans himself. “A powerful and important debut. ”—National Post To learn more about this publisher, click here: http://bit. ly/2za7jzR

Awards

  • Winner, Amazon Canada First Novel Award 2019
  • Winner, Lambda Literary Award 2019
  • Winner, Firecracker Award for Fiction 2019
  • Short-listed, Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award 2019
  • Short-listed, Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers 2019

Reviews

Plett has captured the multitude of emotions and decisions that can overwhelm our lives, from loneliness and self-destruction to the redemptive power of family and self-love. -The Advocate ("Best Books of the Year")

A touching and beautiful novel. -The Independent (UK)

I have never felt as seen, understood, or spoken to as I did when I read Little Fish. Never before in my life. Casey remains one of THE authors to read if you want to understand the interior lives of trans women in this century. -Meredith Russo, author of If I Was Your Girl

A hard-hitting, beautiful, and thought-provoking novel . .. It will break you, and build you back up. -Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian

It's a confident, moving work that reports unflinchingly on the lives of trans women in Winnipeg. But more than that, it's also an honest and heartbreaking, and sometimes funny, look at a group of friends trying to come to terms with themselves and their world . .. Little Fish is a powerful and important debut. Plett has masterfully painted her characters as both deeply complex and relatable. -National Post

Little Fish is ultimately not about the past but about the present -- and looking forward to trans futures . .. A friend recently told me that one of the things she appreciates about Plett's work is how she so clearly writes for trans women. But the novel also deserves a wide audience. Every reader can get this part: being a trans woman is exhausting. -The Globe and Mail

There is a dark place most novels don't touch. If you've ever been there, maybe you know how exhilarating it can be to read a book like this, a book that captures the darkness so honestly, so accurately, that you can finally begin to let it go. Fearless and messy and oozing with love, Little Fish is a devastating book that I don't ever want to be without.
-Zoey Leigh Peterson, author of Next Year, For Sure

Rather than downplaying transness in some effort to normalize or simplify it, Plett centres it . .. While she acknowledges the absolute uniqueness of individual experience, she also honours a loosely held trans culture, a shared palette of pain and loss, and a collective heroism (though the author herself might be reticent to call it that). For those of us outside this experience, we can only count ourselves lucky to have Plett's novel, a book that invites us to witness something so important, so complex, and so tender. -Quill and Quire (STARRED REVIEW)