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About the Author
Casey Plett is the author of A Dream of a Woman, Little Fish, and A Safe Girl to Love, the co-editor of Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy From Transgender Writers, and the publisher at LittlePuss Press. She has written for the New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, the Guardian, Globe and Mail, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications. A winner of the Amazon First Novel Award and the Firecracker Award for Fiction, and a two-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award, her work has also been nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Praise for On Community
"On Community--a book-length personal essay--delves into the different ways we imagine our communities and the people who form them."
--Globe and Mail
"Don't expect to walk away from On Community with easy answers. Plett refuses to explore the titular concept 'blithely' or to simplify it 'to the point of untruth.' Splitting it into practical and theoretical definitions is 'too simple.' Instead, she weaves together a nuanced narrative that unpacks the term's intricacies while maintaining its importance."
--Literary Review of Canada
"A tightly woven, academic and literary brain dump of concepts and notions, posits and prompts, with a flight of challenging questions."
--The Miramichi Reader
"Plett uses her firsthand experiences to eventually reach a cumulative definition of community and explore how we form bonds with one another."
"Plett ruminates on the importance of community in succinct, snappy prose."
--Winnipeg Free Press
"With humour and verve, Plett cuts through the platitudes often associated with how we talk about community. She offers a welcome, incisive analysis of power and belonging that feels as lived-in as it is hopeful."
"Plett's essay is a thoughtful, rich and engaging unpacking of the complexity behind simplistic ideas, and a clear-eyed consideration of what really is a universal human experience."
--Pickle Me This
"Plett reflects on her Mennonite roots, trans literature, nationalism, Silicon Valley, and the idea of family, in this consideration of how and why we manage to live together at all."
--Quill and Quire
"Plett's trademark skills at authentic characterization, evocative setting, and insight into the lives of trans women are on full display in this superb collection of short stories. The stories crackle with quiet complexity."
--Autostraddle ("Best Queer Books of the Year")
"Plett tells beautiful stories of trans women as they exist in the world: tangible, fallible, tender and hardened.
"I've always admired Plett's ability to capture the tenderest and most complicated intimacies between characters. Exploring addiction, loss, consent, and shifting desires, each story in her extraordinary new collection is somehow even more tender and emotionally complex than the last.
--Megan Milks, The Rumpus
"Plett has a characteristic style that manages to merge tenderness with Prairie toughness--a style on display in these stories of trans women seeking something--groundedness, maybe, but that dreamlike quality of desire, too.
--Globe and Mail
"Both bittersweet and beautiful, Plett writes perfectly imperfect characters that make you feel less alone."
--The Independent (UK)