FICTION

Out Now: Queer We Go Again!

Inkyard. May 2020. 416p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781335018267.
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Gr 10 Up–This follow-up to the All Out anthology is an assortment of 17 short stories and vignettes by a diverse slate of LGBTQIA+ authors. As a unit, the stories serve to highlight and to normalize different queer perspectives. They range in scope and style, from short reflective pieces that feel more like essays (“Player One Fight!”) to quirky magical realism (“One Spell Too Many”) to reimagined folktales (“Once Upon a Seastorm”). One delightful characteristic of the collection is the inclusion of stories centering on discovering and exploring orientation, labels, and identity, alongside more action-driven ones. But despite the appeal of individual stories in the collection, the range of styles and tones may lose readers looking to sink into longer narratives with a stronger sense of cohesiveness.
VERDICT This is unique in the diversity and intersectionality of the contributors, and would be useful where LGBTQIA+ and #OwnVoices stories are in demand.

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