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A Safe Girl to Love

A Safe Girl to Love

By Casey Plett
Categories: LGBTQ+, Trans Literature, Fiction, Women's Literature
Paperback : 9781551529134, 240 pages, 2023
Expected to ship: 2023-04-04
Expected to ship: 2023-04-04


A new edition of the acclaimed debut story collection by two-time Lambda Literary Award winner Casey Plett.

By the author of Little Fish and A Dream of a Woman:eleven unique short stories featuring young trans women stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love in settings ranging from a rural Mennonite town to a hipster gay bar in Brooklyn. These stories, shiny with whiskey and prairie sunsets, rattling subways and neglected cats, show growing up as a trans girl can be charming, funny, frustrating, or sad, but never will it be predictable.

A Safe Girl to Love, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for transgender fiction, was first published in 2014. Now back in print after a long absence, this new edition includes an afterword by the author.


Casey Plett's stories are exquisite, riveting, transformative, reasonably pissed off and joyously and riskily generous in the audience they imagine. -Trish Salah, author of Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1 and Wanting in Arabic

Plett's stories show kindness at the same time as they show clear-eyed judgment, both of which we need. She writes beautifully about dressing rooms, balcony plants, house parties, the paramount importance of keeping your obligations to your cats. She takes us into the knot of really accurately rendered bonds of old friendships, families, queer solidarities, and she shows us how we can live there. -Jeanne Thornton, author of Summer Fun and The Black Emerald

An astounding debut by an original new literary voice.
-Zoe Whittall, author of The Spectacular and The Best Kind of People

Her prose is reminiscent of Lorrie Moore and Miriam Toews, but there is both a tenderness and a willingness to confront bleak truths in Plett's writing that is all her own. I love this book. -Imogen Binnie, author of Nevada