Eleven unique short stories that stretch from a rural Canadian Mennonite town to a hipster gay bar in Brooklyn, featuring young trans women stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love.
These stories, shiny with whiskey and prairie sunsets, rattling subways and neglected cats, show growing up as a trans girl can be charming, funny, frustrating, or sad, but never will it be predictable.
Advance Praise for A Safe Girl To Love
Plett's stories show kindness at the same time as they show clear-eyed judgment, both of which we need. She writes beautifully about dressing rooms, balcony plants, house parties, the paramount importance of keeping your obligations to your cats. She takes us into the knot of really accurately rendered bonds of old friendships, families, queer solidarities, and she shows us how we can live there.
- Jeanne Thornton, author of The Dream of Doctor Bantam
Casey Plett’s stories are exquisite, riveting, transformative, reasonably pissed off and joyously and riskily generous in the audience they imagine. The women (and cat) who populate and narrate the stories that make A Safe Girl to Love open vistas on the mundane loveliness, unsure complicities, brute exclusions and social shittiness that contour trans women’s experience of the everyday, and dwell in/on our wants, insights, twitches, sexiness, our differences from one another, and our complicated compromises with living while still purportedly impossible. They also cast a long, slow side-eye on the cissexist (narrative) world we appear to interrupt, as it tumbles out of our neighbors’ mouths, and sometimes our own. Casey Plett’s stories don’t just represent trans women, in subtle ways they help exist us, they lend power and reality, a keen eye for quirk, and an ear to the rhythm of how we do and don’t coincide with our sense of our selves, and add to the stories that can be told in this world. Best of all, these genius stories are written to us, for us, rather than about us.
- Trish Salah, author of Wanting in Arabic and Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1
I was a fan of Casey Plett's writing for McSweeney's, but it only hinted at the depth of humor and feeling in her fiction. Her prose is reminiscent of Lorrie Moore and Miriam Toews, but there are both a tenderness and a willingness to confront bleak truths in Plett's writing that are all her own. I love this book.
- Imogen Binnie, author of Nevada