At a difficult time in her own life, Wendy, a thirty-year old trans woman, becomes absorbed in a family mystery as to the desire of a devout relative. This vivid, episodic novel balances the vicissitudes of prairie insularity and religious stricture with the demands of caring for one's chosen community. The intimacies of this novel are so real and involving, whether intergenerational, familial, erotic, convoluted, glancing. An incredible book about grief and trauma, economy precarity and sex work, intelligent listlessness, and all the intensities that attend a difficult year. I recommend it on the strength of dialogue alone.
This book taught me more about life and my identity more than ANY queer or trans theory class I took in college. Plett’s images feel like poetry, and her themes are still bouncing around this queers head even to this day.
WINNER, Lambda Literary Award; Firecracker Award for Fiction; $60,000 Amazon Canada First Novel Award In this extraordinary debut novel by the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning story collection A Safe Girl to Love, Wendy Reimer is a thirty-year-old trans woman who comes across evidence that her late grandfather--a devout Mennonite farmer--might have been transgender himself. At first she dismisses this revelation, having other problems at hand, but as she and her friends struggle to cope with the challenges of their increasingly volatile lives--from alcoholism, to sex work, to suicide--Wendy is drawn to the lost pieces of her grandfather's life, becoming determined to unravel the mystery of his truth. Alternately warm-hearted and dark-spirited, desperate and mirthful, Little Fish explores the winter of discontent in the life of one transgender woman as her past and future become irrevocably entwined.
About the Author
Casey Plett is the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning short story collection A Safe Girl to Love and co-editor of the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. She wrote a column on transitioning for McSweeney's Internet Tendency and her reviews and essays have appeared in such venues as The New York Times ArtsBeat. She is also the publicity and marketing coordinator for the publishing house Biblioasis.