One of the best things about online magazines is their interest in reviewing books that aren’t hot off the press, which is a big deal for books that don’t make the front page of a national newspaper’s art section or get selected as part of a celebrity book club.
In her review, Kennedy Ryan has lots of thoughtful things to say, including:
The thread of trauma that comes from a lack of acceptance from the ones who are supposed to love you the most runs throughout most of the stories, as writers grapple with loving their chosen families. Deliberate connections are a sacred part of the queer lived experience, because of the fragility of biological family.
You can read the whole review here. Be sure to check out the rest of the magazine: it’s full of news, reviews and interviews with writers. Plenitude also offers an emerging writer mentorship award for queer writers who haven’t published a first book.