Joon Oluchi Lee (Author)

Product Details

$14.95  $13.75
Nightboat Books
Publish Date
June 23, 2020
4.6 X 7.7 X 0.5 inches | 0.25 pounds

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About the Author

Joon Oluchi Lee lives and writes in femininity and feminism. The author of two works of fiction, 94 (Publication Studio, 2015) and Lace Sick Bag (Publication Studio, 2013), as well as various essays on queer theory, feminism, and fiction writing, Joon also blogged about life as a femme feminist gay male at Joon is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Creative Writing at Rhode Island School of Design, and with his partner Roderick, co-parent of their rescue dog Nella.


"In Neotenica, observation is a way of life, a structure of not-quite-feeling. Wielding aestheticism as a gleeful tool for cultural inquiry, Joon Oluchi Lee undermines the ambivalence of mostly-affluent twentysomethings in the multicultural city by cataloging their detachment. Each chapter offers its own path between awareness and self-expression, boredom and curiosity, sensation and stasis. Clinically described, sexually candid, and viscerally detailed, this is a novel in fragments that builds toward a sadness almost like hope. If you know what this book is when you finish it, then you might not have really finished it."--Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
"Neotenica is sentence-level sexy and surprisingly funny, my kind of thriller. Joon Oluchi Lee cracks open a window onto a very familiar Bay Area, yet one I've never before seen in fiction. I am obsessed with this book!"--Andrea Lawlor
"Hot, electric, and funny as all hell. This tiny kaleidoscopic explosion of a book is a beautiful dream examining desire, race, tenderness, class, femininity, family, children, and dogs. Inject Neotenica into your fucking veins."--Casey Plett