A Dream of a Woman
by Casey Plett
Narrated by Casey Plett
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Pub Date 30 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2022
Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
Award-winning novelist Casey Plett (Little Fish) returns with a poignant suite of stories that center transgender women.
Casey Plett's 2018 novel Little Fish won a Lambda Literary Award, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and the Amazon First Novel Award. Her latest work, A Dream of a Woman, is her first book of short stories since her seminal 2014 collection A Safe Girl to Love. Centering transgender women seeking stable, adult lives, A Dream of a Woman finds quiet truths in prairie high-rises and New York warehouses, in freezing Canadian winters and drizzly Oregon days.
In "Hazel and Christopher," two childhood friends reconnect as adults after one of them has transitioned. In "Perfect Places," a woman grapples with undesirability as she navigates fetish play with a man. In "Couldn't Hear You Talk Anymore," the narrator reflects on her tumultuous life and what might have been as she recalls tender moments with another trans woman.
An ethereal meditation on partnership, sex, addiction, romance, groundedness, and love, the stories in A Dream of a Woman buzz with quiet intensity and the intimate complexities of being human.
|9 Hours, 6 Minutes
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 36 members
This collection of short stories was lovely and so captivating. A Dream of Woman follows different trans women through various situations and moments in life. We see these women transitioning, building friendships and romantic entanglements, and/or experiencing transphobia and transmisogyny. These stories are so real, so authentic, and felt so special to listen to.
I loved how the author was the narrator because you can be really sure that everything being written is coming across exactly how the author intended it to. The author had fantastic diction and performance quality. This is one of the most enjoyable literary fiction pieces I've ever read, and I would highly recommend this to everybody.