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‘Petticoats and Promises’ by Penelope Friday

Serena Coleridge comes from a wealthy family in the town of Winterton, somewhere outside of London. By the year 1815, when Petticoats and Promises opens, she’s grown into a teenager alongside the beautiful Clara Battersley, her best friend and neighbor, who comes from a similar background with one exception—Clara’s mother is a woman of title…. read more

'The Devastation' by Melissa Buzzeo

The Devastation opens on the scene of two lovers at the bottom of the ocean, the ‘Devastation’ having swept away their language and identities. The text that follows strives to give form to such an existence… read more

'One Hundred Days of Rain' by Carellin Brooks

In Carellin Brooks’ One Hundred Days of Rain, we meet a woman going through a divorce with a small son in Vancouver. Rain serves as a kind of co-narrator to the book; it’s both character and metaphor… read more

'Bad Dyke: Salacious Stories from a Queer Life' by Allison Moon

Allison Moon is a queer woman with a bisexual boyfriend or a “bad dyke”–an identity she’s settled on after stints as a “greedy bisexual” and a garden-variety lesbian. She chronicles and analyzes this journey in an essay collection that’s heartfelt, thought-provoking, and good, not so clean fun…. read more

'The Argonauts' by Maggie Nelson

The Argonauts, a slim book by poet and critic Maggie Nelson, contains multitudes. It’s an appreciation of her favorite queer thinkers. It’s a chronicle of first-time motherhood. It’s also the best kind of nonfiction read, the kind that enlarges one’s reading list by half…. read more