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    'Nevada' by Imogen Binnie has been reissued.

    I had, on occasion, previously read novels by authors that spoke to my psychic interior quite deeply (Lessing, Angela Carter, Diski, Kelman, LeGuin, Dick, Kafka), but reading 'Nevada' was on another level. I had never felt so perceived, never read a book that seemed so psychologically accurate. Even though it's about a woman taking a road trip from New York with some heroin, something I've never done or will do, it struck to my heart.

    If you're at all interested in the interiority of trans women, what it's like to be us, what it is like to exist in a body that can feel like a tomb or a badly fitting meatsuit, I urge you to read it.

    Binnie talks about the book, and her life, here - https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/...arly-internet/

    A profile of Binnie and the book - https://www.vulture.com/article/prof...ie-nevada.html

    #2
    Thanks for the tip, dm - and it's on to my to read list.

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      #3
      That's cool, you were one of the posters I thought might be interested. My description of it is in part based on my mum's description of Elena Ferrante, who I know you love, as an outstanding chronicler of the interior life of (cis) women. I still need to get to the Neapolitan Quartet, I read one of her others and found it excellent, but I've been out of the library habit since covid.

      Also gonna tag WOM in case he didn't see the post.

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        #4
        Originally posted by delicatemoth View Post
        Also gonna tag WOM in case he didn't see the post.
        I did, in fact, and clicked through to read the Vulture post. Appreciate it.

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          #5
          Actually, thought of you last night. We went to see Henry Rollins doing his spoken word thing, and he touched on trans positivity a number of times (as he does) and was bigging up Tig Notaro's two shows at the same venue tonight, which are of course both sold out.

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            #6
            Originally posted by delicatemoth View Post
            That's cool, you were one of the posters I thought might be interested. My description of it is in part based on my mum's description of Elena Ferrante, who I know you love, as an outstanding chronicler of the interior life of (cis) women. I still need to get to the Neapolitan Quartet, I read one of her others and found it excellent, but I've been out of the library habit since covid.
            I envy you for still having the Neapolitan quartet to read.

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              #7
              Picked Nevada up in Waterstone's Sheffield last week - now on my unfeasibly tall 'to-read' pile, but plan to get to it this summer.

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                #8
                I haven't read this yet, but I suspect it could be the best thing ever with "Nevada" in the name.

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                  #9
                  Before I could get around to Nevada, I started Rabih Alameddine's The Wrong End of the Telescope, which is also fantastic.

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                    #10
                    Finished the Alameddine novel now - the dissolute series of narratives become even more moving and engaging the further you read. Big fat recommendation.

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