If I Can Give You That


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$19.99  $18.59
Quill Tree Books
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5.8 X 7.1 X 1.7 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Gray Bulla is a recent graduate of Wells College. He was named the 2017 Nashville Youth Poet Laureate with Southern Word and is the author of the poetry collection Letters to the Home. He is also the cohost of the literary podcast Bookends. Gray's first book is If I Can Give You That, and his second is The Ghost of You. Originally from Nashville, Bulla currently resides in Ithaca, New York. Visit him online at michaelgraybulla.com or on Twitter or Instagram @graybulla.


"Sweet and powerfully compassionate, If I Can Give You That explores the power of family--the ones we choose and the ones chosen for us." -- Z.R. Ellor, author of May the Best Man Win

"Bulla deftly weaves joy and sorrow, sweetness and hardship in this delightful debut." -- Adi Alsaid, author of Let's Get Lost and We Didn't Ask for This

"A deeply realized trans coming-of-age story that's more of a glorious coming-of-self. This book takes no easy exits and provides no simple answers in exploring family, first love, and the power of self--and it soars! Debut author Michael Gray Bulla is a voice to watch." -- Adam Sass, award-winning author of Surrender Your Sons and The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers

"Michael Gray Bulla's If I Can Give You That offers an emotional and deeply honest depiction of queerness and mental health. At times heartwarming and at times heartbreaking, this remarkable debut novel will remind you that loving fearlessly and letting other people in is the best way to live--especially when times get tough." -- Daniel Aleman, author of Indivisible

Bulla handles complex topics such as consent, gender and sexuality, and mental illness with nuance, and Gael's sensitive first-person narration believably renders his internality and gradual growth in this confidently written portrait of a young queer person finding his way. -- Publishers Weekly

Gael's story feels both tender and real. It focuses on the difficulties of growing up with a parent who struggles with depression and suicidal ideation while never blaming her for the state of her mental health. It highlights the importance of community and finding the people you can rely on and also takes readers through Gael's process of finding his voice. While there is excitement at the climax, overall, the book is quiet and thoughtful--a bit like Gael himself. A sweet and emotional story of queer adolescence. -- Kirkus Reviews

Bulla has written a fine, character-driven novel with strong trans representation. -- Booklist