It’s the dead of winter in Winnipeg and Wendy Reimer, a thirty-year-old trans woman, feels like her life is frozen in place. When her Oma passes away Wendy receives an unexpected phone call from a distant family friend with a startling secret: Wendy’s Opa (grandfather)—a devout Mennonite farmer—might have been transgender himself. At first she dismisses this revelation, but as Wendy's life grows increasingly volatile, she finds herself aching for the lost pieces of her Opa’s truth. Can Wendy unravel the mystery of her grandfather’s world and reckon with the culture that both shaped and rejected her? She’s determined to try.
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.
"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.
Casey Plett is the author of the 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 essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Maclean's, The Walrus, Plenitude, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications. She is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction and received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers. She lives in Windsor, Ontario.
Jeanne Thornton is the author of The Black Emerald and The Dream of Doctor Bantam, both Lambda Literary Award finalists. Her fiction has appeared in n+1, WIRED, the Evergreen Review, WSQ, and other places. She is also the copublisher of Instar Books and an infrequent cartoonist. More information at fictioncircus.com/Jeanne.
Cat Fitzpatrick is a poet and editor. Her first book of poems is Glamourpuss and, with Casey Plett, she co-edited the Stonewall-award-winning anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. She writes narrative metrical poetry about trans women making terrible mistakes, and likes alcohol and jokes. Follow her on twitter @intermittentcat.