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Casey Plett is the author of the novel Little Fish and the short story collection A Safe Girl to Love (Topside Press), and co-editor with Cat Fitzpatrick of the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers (Topside Press). She wrote a column on transitioning for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Maclean’s, the Walrus, Plenitude, the Winnipeg Free Press, and others. She is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Best Transgender Fiction and received an Honour of Distinction from the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers.
Grace Kehler is an Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. Her main literary loves include British Victorian and Canadian Mennonite writing. To her delight, she regularly gets to teach the works of Casey Plett at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
A featured conversation with award-winning author Casey Plett about her new short story collection, A Dream of a Woman. Hosted by Grace Kehler. Book featured:
A featured conversation with award-winning author Casey Plett about her new short story collection, A Dream of a Woman. Hosted by Grace Kehler.
A Dream of a Woman
Arsenal Pulp Press
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. Centring transgender women seeking stable, adult lives, A Dream of a Woman finds quiet truths in prairie high-rises and New York warehouses, and in freezing Canadian winters and drizzly Oregon days.
In “Hazel & 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 past trauma 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, A Dream of a Woman buzzes with quiet intensity and the intimate complexities of being human.