Ugly Naked People: Queer Canadian Short Fiction

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In this eagerly-anticipated second edition of Ugly Naked People, Giselle Renarde brings readers eight works of queer fiction as engaging as they are diverse. One minute you’re fainting on a Toronto subway, the next you’re fleeing mythological monsters in the Yukon. First a sidewalk psychic’s convincing you new love is right around the corner, and then your family’s reuniting you with an old flame. With Giselle at the wheel, you never quite know what’s around the bend, but you can be sure to enjoy the ride.

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About the author

Giselle Renarde is an award-winning queer Canadian writer. Nominated Toronto’s Best Author in NOW Magazine’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards, her fiction has appeared in nearly 200 short story anthologies, including prestigious collections like Best Lesbian Romance, Best Women’s Erotica, and the Lambda Award-winning collection Take Me There, edited by Tristan Taormino. Giselle's juicy novels include Anonymous, In Shadow, Seven Kisses, and The Other Side of Ruth.

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Publisher
Giselle Renarde
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Pages
92
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ISBN
9781370108527
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Collections / Canadian
Literary Collections / LGBT
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Winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize

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