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July 2020: Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

  • What are your thoughts on the use of magical surrealism to explore personal and social constructions of gender identity?

  • The women in the book form a delicate, but necessary, community. What does this look like in your world?

  • Violence and danger are major themes. How did you process their literary tool as a reflection of trans* reality?

  • The narrator is not given a name. How does pull you in, or push you away, as a reader?

  • The narrator is has Chinese parents, but ethnicity isn’t made the center of her experience. Were you able to trace the influence of her parents in the memoir?

  • The last few chapters address class in a direct manner. What type of reactions did you have to the build up and exploration of “belonging”?

  • Part of the magical surrealism is the heightened use of metaphor. What metaphors stuck out to you?

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