by Jenny Fran Davis
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Pub Date 16 May 2023 | Archive Date 16 Jun 2023
Henry Holt & Company, Henry Holt and Co.
Named one of the Best LGBTQ+ Books of 2023 by Vogue
Named a Best Book of 2023 (So Far) by Cosmopolitan
Named a Best Book of Spring 2023 by Esquire
Named a Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Book of 2023 by Buzzfeed, Electric Lit, and Them
Named a Most Anticipated Book of Spring & Summer by Bustle
Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by Our Culture, Yahoo!, The Millions, LitHub and SPY.com
Named a Most Anticipated Debut of 2023 by Debutiful and Goodreads
An addictive, absurd, and darkly hilarious debut novel about a young woman who embarks on a ten-day getaway with her partner and two other queer couples
Sasha and Jesse are professionally creative, erotically adventurous, and passionately dysfunctional twentysomethings making a life together in Brooklyn. When a pair of older, richer lesbians—prominent news host Jules Todd and her psychotherapist partner, Miranda—invites Sasha and Jesse to their country home for the holidays, they’re quick to accept. Even if the trip includes a third couple—Jesse’s best friend, Lou, and their cool-girl flame, Darcy—whose It-queer clout Sasha ridicules yet desperately wants.
As the late December afternoons blur together in a haze of debaucherous homecooked feasts and sweaty sauna confessions, so too do the guests’ secret and shifting motivations. When Jesse and Darcy collaborate an ill-fated livestream performance, a complex web of infatuation and jealousy emerges, sending Sasha down a spiral of destructive rage that threatens each couple’s future.
Unfolding over ten heady days, Dykette is an unforgettable love story at the crossroads of queer nonconformity and seductive normativity. With propulsive plotting and sexy, wickedly entertaining prose, Jenny Fran Davis captures the vagaries of desire and the many devastating places in which we seek recognition.
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