Objects of Desire, by Clare Sestanovich

Staff Pick

Sestanovich's richly observed stories give us both the quiet wonders of seemingly ordinary moments and the broader outlines of womanhood in modern life. Focusing on women's inner lives, and particularly on the characters' longings, Sestanovich sensitively portrays sexual desire, but also explores a less easily articulated longing for more, one often punctuated by a sense of ennui. Through a combination of nuanced and sophisticated prose and abrupt endings, Sestanovich has crafted short fictions with a lasting emotional effect, giving us the sense that we were merely eavesdropping on these women's lives.


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ISBN: 9780593318096
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf - June 29th, 2021

Patience & Esther, by Sw Searle

Staff Pick

Warm and intimate, Patience & Esther recounts--and celebrates--a story of unexpected love and tenderness between women during a time when such relationships were taboo. Romance blooms between Scottish country- mouse Patience and Indian-born ladies maid Esther at the Honeycutt Estate where they work. Together, the women dream about life beyond the confines of their stations and take care of each other through the various phases of their lives. The book also examines the social issues of the period, including race, class, gender, and colonialism. With vibrant illustrations, thoughtful dialogue, and an endearing cast of secondary characters, Patience & Esther is an absolute delight to read.

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ISBN: 9781945820700
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Published: Iron Circus Comics - January 26th, 2021

Detransition, Baby, by Torrey Peters

Staff Pick

There is no hand-holding from Peters here as she takes us into the complex web that connects Reese, Ames, and Katrina as they navigate sexuality, gender, their own traumas, and parenthood in the twenty-first century. The plot centers around Ames, a detransitioned transgender woman, who comes to his ex-girlfriend Reese, a trans woman, with a proposal: to be a third parent to the child he and his boss Katrina are bringing into the world. As the story jumps back and forth through time, we are privy to how the characters grapple with their own identities and the complexity of existing as transgender women. Detransition, Baby is a sharp debut novel that is at once thought-provoking and tender, a grounded view of new understandings of family.

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ISBN: 9780593133378
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Published: One World - January 12th, 2021