jia qing wilson-yang
OUT JULY 2018 – PRE-ORDER NOW
First published by Metonymy Press in Canada. Winner of the 2016 Lambda Literary Awards prize for Best Transgender Fiction.
Small Beauty tells the story of Mei, who in coping with the death of her cousin abandons her life in the city to live in his now empty house in a small town. There she connects with his history as well as her own, learns about her aunt’s long-term secret relationship, and reflects on the trans women she left behind. She also brushes up against some local mysteries and receives advice from departed loved ones with a lot to say.
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LENGTH: 224 pp.
PUBLICATION DATE: July 2018
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
jia qing wilson-yang is a mixed race trans woman living in Toronto. She likes to write poems and stories and music. Her writing has appeared in Bound to Struggle: Where Kink and Radical Politics Meet (ed. Simon Strikeback), Letters Lived: Radical Reflections, Revolutionary Paths (ed. Sheila Sampath), and the women of colour issue of Room magazine. She has recorded several acoustic albums and this one time was a drummer in a pop punk band. Small Beauty is her first novel.
PRAISE FOR SMALL BEAUTY
“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.”