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Little Fish
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Little Fish
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WINNER, Lambda Literary Award; Firecracker Award for Fiction; $60,000 Amazon Canada First Novel Award

When thirty-year-old trans woman Wendy Reimer comes across evidence that her late grandfather—a devout Mennonite farmer—might have been transgender himself, she dismisses this revelation, having other problems at hand. But as she and her friends struggle to cope with their increasingly volatile lives—which range from alcoholism, to sex work, to suicide—Wendy grows increasingly drawn to the lost pieces of her grandfather's life, becoming determined to unravel the mystery of his truth. Alternately warm-hearted and dark-spirited, desperate and mirthful, Little Fish explores the winter of discontent in the life of one transgender woman as her past and future become irrevocably entwined.
WINNER, Lambda Literary Award; Firecracker Award for Fiction; $60,000 Amazon Canada First Novel Award

When thirty-year-old trans woman Wendy Reimer comes across evidence that her late grandfather—a devout Mennonite farmer—might have been transgender himself, she dismisses this revelation, having other problems at hand. But as she and her friends struggle to cope with their increasingly volatile lives—which range from alcoholism, to sex work, to suicide—Wendy grows increasingly drawn to the lost pieces of her grandfather's life, becoming determined to unravel the mystery of his truth. Alternately warm-hearted and dark-spirited, desperate and mirthful, Little Fish explores the winter of discontent in the life of one transgender woman as her past and future become irrevocably entwined.
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  • From the book 1 The night Wendy's Oma died, she had sex dreams. Only sometimes did she have sex dreams—usually Wendy had nightmares and usually she was being chased or hurt. But this morning in her dreams when her Oma died, a girl was fucking her over an old television in an abandoned gym. She woke up with her phone dinging. Her dad. Call me when you get up it's important. Wendy put her face back in the pillow with her hair piled around her like a hill. She trailed a long arm down the side of the bed and skittered her phone across the floor. Her bladder was pulsing; sunlight through a crack in the curtain was hurting her eyes. She was still drunk and every part of her hurt. Wendy lay there curled into herself in the half-light, her head softly beating, not sleeping. She lay there like that for a full hour. Her pee swelled and the light grew brighter. When the phone rang, she made her body get up and scrabbled on her haunches for where her phone had gone behind a bookcase. It was her father. "Jesus shitstick Dad, what," Wendy said. Her voice was deep and raspy, a smoker's voice though she rarely smoked anymore. Her words felt chunky in her mouth as a potato. She was still drunk. She was going to feel fuzz behind her eyes for the whole day. Her dad was crying. "Ben?" said Wendy, putting a hand to her mottled face, ruddy-cheeked and pale. "Ben? Dad?" It was chilly and the first snows were sticking. She tied up the curtain and shut the window to let light and warmth in her room. Her legs were shivering. =================================================================== The funeral was quiet and simple, at the EMC Church out in the country. Wendy wore a simple black dress. She cried exactly once, during a hymn, silently and horribly, like a little girl told to shut up. But for the rest of the day she felt warm and blessed. She felt a lot of love for her grandmother. She felt grateful she'd had so much time with her Oma. She felt grateful Oma'd been given a long life. In that way, Wendy had a beautiful, strange synergy with all the old Mennonites in the room, the ones who ignored Wendy or spoke to her in microseconds and hushes. The ones who truly believed the old woman was in heaven. They and Wendy both, they were all sad she was gone. But they were happy to think about her too. That's the difference, Wendy thought, between now and everybody else she'd known who died. When she saw someone she didn't want recognizing her, she leaned forward so her hair made curtains around her face. It was stupid. It would be hard to mistake her around here—her hair was black and went down to her waist and she was tall for anyone's standard. And what, what was the point in fighting? Sacrifice wasn't meaningless. It'd been eight years since she said to them I'm a girl and some things you couldn't fight that long. She was angry about it, but she didn't start anymore. She did not appear in the obituary or funeral program and her dad had warned her about it ("It's out of my hands, I'm sorry") and it pissed her off but she didn't say a word. Her family had gotten kinder over the years. It wasn't that hard. =================================================================== Back at her Oma's house, neighbors brought hot dishes and a Superstore bag of buns then they left. Her aunts began preparing the table. Wendy came in the room with a beer, looming over them like a tree. "Can I help with anything?" "Oh well thank you Wendy, but we're very set here! You just go ahead and enjoy yourself. You go visit." Wendy sat and drank her beer as her uncles and cousins in the living room played on their phones. She listened to her aunts gossip, about their kids,...
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  • Library Journal

    May 1, 2018

    Wendy Reimer is 30 years old, drinking too much, and just scraping by financially. She's also a trans woman, as are most of her friends. Together they form a sort of family, looking out for one another in Winnipeg, Canada. Wendy's ability to cope, however, is challenged when her grandmother dies and she learns that her Mennonite grandfather may have struggled with his assigned gender. As Wendy starts exploring that possibility, she has a lot to deal with, including harassment on the street, violence toward herself and friends, the possibility of losing her job, as well as her Mennonite upbringing. She drifts further into darkness, drinking more, taking risks, and eventually returning to sex work, despite a violent attack on one of her associates. This is Plett's first novel, following the Lambda Award-winning short story collection A Safe Girl To Love and a column in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, in which she discusses her own transition. VERDICT Wendy's voice is engaging and often funny, but this is a dark book--so best for readers who are comfortable exploring that side.--Devon Thomas, Chelsea, MI

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Meredith Russo, author of If I Was Your Girl "I have never felt as seen, understood, or spoken to as I did when I read Little Fish. Never before in my life. Casey remains one of THE authors to read if you want to understand the interior lives of trans women in this century."
  • Zoey Leigh Peterson, author of Next Year, For Sure "There is a dark place most novels don't touch. If you've ever been there, maybe you know how exhilarating it can be to read a book like this, a book that captures the darkness so honestly, so accurately, that you can finally begin to let it go. Fearless and messy and oozing with love, Little Fish is a devastating book that I don't ever want to be without."
  • National Post "A confident, moving work that reports unflinchingly on the lives of trans women ... Little Fish is a powerful and important debut. Plett has masterfully painted her characters as both deeply complex and relatable."
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