Maria, a trans woman in her thirties, is going nowhere. She spends her aimless days working in a New York bookstore, trying to remain true to a punk ethos while drinking herself into a stupor and having a variety of listless and confusing sexual encounters.
After her girlfriend cheats on her, Maria steals her car and heads for the Pacific, embarking on her version of the Great American Road Trip.
Along the way she stops in Reno, Nevada, and meets James, a young man who works in the local Wal-Mart. Maria recognizes elements of her younger self in James and the pair quickly form an unlikely but powerful connection, one that will have big implications for them both.
This hilarious, groundbreaking cult classic inspired a whole literary movement, and is now published in the UK for the very first time.
This is the book that launched the trans writing scene in Brooklyn that changed my own life. The scene had a basic premise: trans women writing for other trans women. It seems simple, but it had revolutionary effects, similar to Toni Morrison's famous declaration that she 'writes for Black women.' When we trans women wrote for each other, we never had to stop to explain our transness. It was full-out story all the time - and it turned out, everyone else could keep up. Meanwhile, the bar was higher - it's more difficult to impress other trans women about trans issues, to tell stories they haven't heard or even experienced. Nevada - the story of a trans woman on a road trip - was the book that taught us how to do this, and it remains an original