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Shel­ley Mar­low

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Artist, tarot-reader and gen­eral queer-about­town, Shel­ley Mar­low’s lat­est novel is quirky, clever and cun­ning. Phillip, the nar­ra­tor, was once Philom­ena, but is in the process of craft­ing a new iden­tity, forged as much through the en­coun­ters he avoids as the ones he em­braces. Mar­low cre­ates a thrillingly fa­mil­iar world of queer life, in which a re­la­tion­ship with a cat or a dead film star or an avatar on the in­ter­net can be just as mean­ing­ful as a ro­man­tic part­ner­ship. You might see a hint of Les­lie Fein­berg in this pow­er­ful por­trait of gen­derqueer life lived openly, yet never de­void of pain or self-doubt. The bold and un­usual book jacket makes this novel feel like a de­li­cious se­cret, like a piece of magic found in an at­tic. Two Augusts In A Row In A Row is es­sen­tial spring read­ing from one of the most orig­i­nal voices in LGBT fic­tion. Pub­li­ca­tion Stu­dio, $16 USD

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