Out now: ‘Small Beauty’ by jiaqing wilson-yang

Yes, yes, yes. Today's the official Australian release date of jiaqing wilson-yang's stunning debut, Small Beauty.

First published by Metonymy Press in Canada in 2016, Small Beauty has garnered massive acclaim since its North American release. Last year it won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction and was a finalist for the Writers Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize.

You can get your hands on this stunning debut novel (featuring cover art by Lee Lai) by ordering it online. Or you can find it in quality bookshops across Australia and New Zealand – this list of our stockists is a good place to start.

You can read the first few pages of the novel here.

About the book

The energy of thunderstorms is a rebalancing of charges in the atmosphere. The rain moves in cycles. It is the sky too full of water to take on any more.

When her cousin dies, Mei abandons life in the city for his now-empty house in a small rural town. There she connects with their shared history, discovers her aunt’s secret love, and reflects on all she has left behind.

Why is support so rarely uncomplicated? What are the lineages we carry within us? In the tumult of loss, can the dead ever console the living?

Praise for Small Beauty:

Small Beauty embodies everything I look for in new queer writing: a scorchingly original and engrossing voice, telling a story we haven’t heard before, that’s still somehow familiar, humane and heart-bruisingly recognisable.”
Benjamin Law

“A quiet, gorgeous meditation on grief, race, and community, wilson-yang’s writing more than delivers on the title’s promise. ... Small Beauty joins the small but growing numbers of trans-genre novels written by transgender women that are revolutionizing our ideas of how trans people can exist within fiction”
Morgan M. Page, Lambda Literary

“wilson-yang is a fucking beautiful writer and her lyrical prose about this messed-up girl is some of the most gorgeous writing trans lit has been blessed with.”
Casey Plett, The Winnipeg Review

“Every paragraph is dense with meaning, each one concise, descriptive, and exacting, I found wilson-yang’s sentences tantamount to poetry and was struck immediately by the tautness of the text.”
Kaley Kiermayr


jiaqing wilson-yang is a trans writer living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Small Beauty is her first novel and won the 2017 Lambda Literary Awardfor Transgender Fiction. Her work hasappeared in Carte Blanche, Room Magazine, Ricepaper, The Kit, and Poetry is Dead. Sometimes she plays music.

Small Beauty, by jiaqing wilson-yang
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