"Hilary Zaid’s debut novel is as revelatory and celebratory as a coming out."
"What is [this] double-Z-cup-wearing, fish-and-grilled-cheese-devouring Technicolor/3-D colossus seeking? She wants whatever the hell she decides she wants, and good on her."
"The broader arc of the book, deftly hidden beneath the roaring prose, is almost an addiction story: a bottom to hit, a relapse, an uncertain future."
"...Sgambati treats those appetites so gently, even when individuals pursue them violently."
"...each storyline ruptures the construct of kinship."
"...because of my own journey with a transmasculine identity, I related to many aspects of the stories in this collection."
"In the collection’s title story, fantastically huge walrus-creatures seem to be locked in a wrestling match with a narrator ... The walrus is both irresistible and frightening. The narrator’s desire to connect with people nearby is the same."
"Set in a dystopian near-future, what’s most terrifying is how ominous their present time—so close to our country’s present moment—reveals itself to be."
"...it’s as complex, distressing, and surprising as anything you will read this year."
"The poems in this book fear no field—science, song, sound, history."
"The heartbreak of this novel is both its grounding in a specific cultural, racial, and sexual reality and the relentlessness of it."
"Each story creeps up on the reader like a sneaker wave, lulling with rhythmic language and an enchanting blend of stark hyperrealism and folklore."
"Re-considering glowing-eyed sea creatures was just the first of many moments in which my brain broke open..."
"I had forgotten that through the eyes of a child, Christmas is a very different thing. Luckily, Winterson has not forgotten this key fact."
"The self-doubt, fears, and pain she shares will connect with anyone who has struggled to come to terms with their sexuality."
"...dazzling prose how the Two-
Spirit experience differs from the commonly accepted
understanding of transgender identity."
"Sindu creates beauty with hard edges, lyrical language paired with wrenching plot."
"the chance of making one’s own meaning or making it out, even in the face of violence, slowly emerges."
"She and Naimon develop the idea of sentences having bones and structures much in the manner of animals, each form producing its own particular gait."
"It’s an idea that SELFISH reinforces so well: that what we present as may be a far cry from who we really are."
"...as a boy Hervey possessed an early love for reading and an unrelenting imagination that would’ve been considered unwieldy had he been raised anywhere else but the American South."
"...softness—that burden that comes with being a woman."