third monday of #pridemonth, third book recommendation, and, if you’ve been around the last year, you’ve seen SORRY TO DISRUPT THE PEACE on my feed many, many times. this was one of my favorite books last year, and i’ll recommend it until my face falls off because it’s really friggin cool what cottrell does with words, with voice specifically because helen (the narrator) has her own speech and her own logic and her own way of positioning herself in the world — and, before you’re like, “uhm, doesn’t everyone???”, think about how many books you’ve read by writers who so truly and thoroughly embody their narrators and bring them to life with layers of human-ness that is so so so unique to them. many writers are good at first-person; few writers are *great* at it; and cottrell is the latter.
recommending this also raises the question of what makes a queer novel, anyway? there’s nothing explicitly queer about SORRY TO DISRUPT THE PEACE, and i’m not necessarily inclined to say that a novel is a queer novel just because its author is queer because that’s a kind of boxing in i am not comfortable with. nonetheless, i include this book here because, if anything, this book asks how we code people, what cues we take from what people say or how they act or present themselves that compel us to stamp certain kinds of labels on them, and that is something i think is always worth examining in many aspects of life but, particularly, in this context, when it comes to queerness.
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