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Girlfriends by Emily Zhou

Girlfriends by Emily Zhou


Seven heartstoppingly gorgeous stories about young transgender life from from the Upper Midwest to New York City.


In seven light-filled prisms of short stories, Emily Zhou chronicles modern queer life with uncompromising and hilarious lucidity. Attending to the intimacy of Gen Z women’s lives, these stories move from the provinces to the metropolis, from chaotic student accommodation to insecure jobs, from parties to dates to the nights after, from haplessness to some kind of power.


Funny and devastating, like a trans Mary McCarthy, Zhou depicts with shocking precision the choices and shifts through which we work on each other and ourselves. Tender, merciless, and gracious, GIRLFRIENDS is a breath of fresh air.




GIRLFRIENDS sounds a loud bell announcing the change of guard: a generational arrival. Here is a writer who can scrap with the likes of Ann Beattie or Richard Ford but attends parties to which those boomers (or for that matter, we millennials) would never get invited.” — Torrey Peters, author of Detransition, Baby


“Beautifully rendered and utterly compelling, Emily Zhou’s stories remind me of late night phone conversations with a dear friend—a space that always feels fresh, no matter how many social triumphs and dysfunctions are nursed and examined—and where despite impossible ambiguities and distances, love strikes.” — Dodie Bellamy, author of The Letters of Mina Harker and Cunt-Ups


“Soaked in melancholy and the easy rhythm of cafe hangs, ad hoc photoshoots, and cutting remarks, these seven sharply observed stories navigate identities, fraying relationships, and the parties and mores of today's transsexual demimonde. Here Emily Zhou comes fully into her own terrifying powers: a writer to watch, just as she's watching all of us.” — Jeanne Thornton, author of Summer Fun

  • Details

    Imprint: LittlePuss Press

    Publication Date: 17 October 2023

    ISBN: 9781736716847

    Pages: 180

    Format: Paperback

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