Readers Place: Celebrating Gay Pride Month
Reflecting the enormous variety of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community we celebrate in June, this month’s Readers Pace features a biography, a novel and a collection of short stories.
Darling Days: a memoir by iO Tillett Wright, 2016 BIOG WRIGHT
Raised in the East Village during the 1990’s by a mother who wasn’t able to put her child’s needs before her study of ballet and consumption of drugs, iO passed as a boy for much of his childhood because doing so afforded more freedom, and the clothes were far more practical. Loved but lacking supervision, he managed to get an education and forge an existence as a photographer. He now identifies as male.
Juliet takes a breath by Gabby Rivera, 2017 FIC RIVERA
Juliet Palante, a Puerto Rican teenager from the Bronx, writes to the author of a manifesto calling for women’s sexual liberation: Can a badass white lady like you make room for me? Should I stand next to you and take that space? Or do I need to just push you out of the way? Juliet sets off cross-country to meet the author as a way to put off coming out to her parents. Can these two women from different worlds learn from each other?
The refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 FIC NGUYEN
Among the short stories collected here is “The Other Man,” in which Liem, a refugee from the fall of Saigon in 1975, is sponsored by a couple of gay men in San Francisco. Liem is torn between his duties as an oldest son and his need to explore his strange new world.
Compiled by Ina Rimpau