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Catapult (2022-05-31)
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by Conklin, Lydia

This timely story collection follows the lives of a vast array of characters on the gender spectrum from queer gender-nonconforming women, to nonbinary characters and transmen.

In this exuberant, prize-winning collection, queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming characters seek love and connection in hilarious and heartrending stories that reflect the complexity of our current moment.

A nonbinary writer on the eve of top surgery enters into a risky affair during the height of COVID. A lesbian couple enlists a close friend as a sperm donor, plying him with a potent rainbow-colored cocktail. A lonely office worker struggling with their gender identity chaperones their nephew to a trans YouTube convention. And in the depths of a Midwestern winter, a sex-addicted librarian relies on her pet ferrets to help resist a relapse at a wild college fair.

Capturing both the dark and lovable sides of the human experience, Rainbow Rainbow establishes debut author Lydia Conklin as a fearless new voice for their generation.

Lydia Conklin identifies as non-binary trans. They are a current Stegner Fellow in fiction and have received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, three Pushcart Prizes (included in this collection!), a Creative Writing Fulbright in Poland, a Creative Writing Fellowship from Emory University, work-study and tuition scholarships from Bread Loaf, multiple fellowships from MacDowell, and fellowships at Yaddo, Hedgebrook, Djerassi, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, Millay, and Harvard University, among others. Their fiction has appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. They have drawn cartoons for The New Yorker and Narrative Magazine, and graphic fiction for The Believer, Lenny Letter, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.

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Throughout, Conklin is gracefully multi-note as they reveal the complexities of queer relationships, always allowing their characters to be themselves.

Review: Library Journal

Embracing eagerness and insecurity, doubt and fortitude, Conklin's ten tales resonate through the characters' dynamic moments of realization.

Review: Booklist

Conklin introduces themself as a writer to watch with these open-eyed, tenderhearted, well-crafted stories.

Review: Kirkus, starred review

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