Winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction.
At one time a wild young girl and a brilliant artist, Ava Delaney changes dramatically after a violent event that rocks her entire family. Once loved and respected in their community and in their church, they are ostracized by their neighbors, led by their church leader, and a seventeen-year feud between the Delaneys and the church ensues. Ava and her family are displaced from the community even as they continue to live within it, trapped inside their creaky, shadowy old house. When a mysterious woman arrives unexpectedly for a visit, her presence stirs up the past and ghosts and other restless things begin to emerge. And something is reignited in Ava: the indifferent woman she has become begins to give way to the wild girl, and the passionate artist, she used to be. But not without a struggle that threatens her well-being and, ultimately, her life.
Cover design by Candace Peoples and Mia McKenzie.
Mia McKenzie, creator of the enormously popular website BGD, writes about race, queerness, class and gender in a concise, compelling voice filled at different times with humor, grief, rage, and joy. In this collection of her work from BGD (now available only in this book), McKenzie’s nuanced analysis of intersecting systems of oppression goes deep to reveal the complicated truths of a multiply-marginalized experience. McKenzie tackles the hardest questions of our time with clarity and courage, in language that is accessible to non-academics and academics alike. She is both fearless and vulnerable, demanding and accountable. Hers is a voice like no other.
“One of the most provocative and insightful writers of our generation.” -Aura Bogado, Colorlines
“A fierce voice among a generation of queer and trans folk of color.” -Janet Mock, New York Times Bestselling Author of “Redefining Realness”
“Tough-love activism at its best-straightforward, challenging, whip-smart, and uncompromising.” -Andi Zeisler, Bitch Magazine
Cover design by Nye Lyn Tho.
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