Nevada (Binnie novel)

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Nevada
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First edition
AuthorImogen Binnie
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTopside Press
Publication date
2 April 2013
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages262
ISBN9780983242291

Nevada: A Novel is the debut novel from author Imogen Binnie, released by Topside Press in 2013. Nevada follows the adventures of transgender New York punk woman Maria Griffiths.

Plot[edit]

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.[1] The two travel to Reno together. Maria frequently lapses into long inner monologues throughout the book, reflecting on gender, heteronormativity, and social conditioning.[2]

Inspiration[edit]

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.[3]

Reception[edit]

Nevada received a negative review in magazine Publishers Weekly,[2] but inspired other trans women writers, like author Casey Plett, who says the book was "very bleak and it ends in a tough way,"[4] but ultimately made her feel that "nothing was off-limits" to write about.[5] The book was also nominated for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for transgender fiction.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilette, Courtney (April 2, 2013). "'Nevada: A Novel' by Imogen Binnie". Lambda Literary. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Nevada". Publishers Weekly. 260 (6): 38–39. February 11, 2013.
  3. ^ McCarry, Sarah (October 25, 2013). "A Conversation with Imogen Binnie". The Rejectionist. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Zoratti, Jen (June 19, 2014). "Winnipeg author mines her experiences and those of other trans women in fearless collection of short stories". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Page/Odofemi, Morgan M. "Trans Women's Lit? An Interview with Trish Salah and Casey Plett". Canadian Women in the Literary Arts. Retrieved September 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced". Lambda Literary Foundation, March 6, 2014.

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