Nevada (Binnie novel)
|2 April 2013|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
When Maria finds out her girlfriend cheated on her, she spirals out of control, stealing her girlfriend's car and buying heroin before heading west on a journey of self-discovery. In Nevada, she meets James Hanson, and immediately realizes that James is also transgender, but doesn't realize it yet. The two travel to Reno together. Maria frequently lapses into long inner monologues throughout the book, reflecting on gender, heteronormativity, and social conditioning.
Binnie has said that in writing a story about a transgender protagonist, she wanted to resist the risk of explaining "The Trans Experience for cis people," which she says often happens with transgender memoirs. Because Nevada is a work of fiction, Binnie said she approached writing it as a transgender story written for trans women. "One of the questions I was trying to answer with Nevada was, what would a story about trans women that was intended for an audience of trans women — what would that look like?" Binnie told blogger Sarah McCarry in an interview about the book.
Nevada received a negative review in magazine Publishers Weekly, but inspired other trans women writers, like author Casey Plett, who says the book was "very bleak and it ends in a tough way," but ultimately made her feel that "nothing was off-limits" to write about. The book was also nominated for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for transgender fiction.
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