The Fear of Large and Small Nations

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6.14 X 9.21 X 0.78 inches | 1.18 pounds

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About the Author

Nancy Agabian's previous books include Me as her again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter, a memoir honored as a Lambda Literary Award finalist for LGBT Nonfiction and shortlisted for a William Saroyan International Writing Prize, and Princess Freak, a collection of poetry and performance art texts. In 2021 she was awarded Lambda Literary Foundation's Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction. The Fear of Large and Small Nations is her first novel.


In this epic feminist-misadventure story, a bisexual woman returns to her twice-estranged homeland determined to find belonging. Alongside a mosaic of artists, intellectuals, and students facing restrictive gender politics, she sifts through her own traumatic history of genocide and survival, bears witness to post-Soviet echoes, all the while navigating the vulnerable borders that exist between nations and individuals. This riveting, multilayered novel will make you laugh, cry, rage, and in the end, hold it tenderly against your heart.

- Catherine Kapphahn, Immigrant Daugher: Stories You Never Told Me

To read Nancy Agabian's new novel is to experience a masterful storyteller in the process of chiseling one's hardened stereotypes, assumptions, and meager traditions-sometimes patiently-but oftentimes with the unrelenting bang of the pulverizing pen. Just like the ancient stone carvers of the Armenian highlands, Agabian's courageous voice clears the settling dust of despair, gives us ample room to contemplate, satiates us with hope, and ultimately empowers us to see.

- Shahé Mankerian, The History of Forgetfulness

Much like her beloved Armenia wedged between other countries, Na is caught in a tug-of-war between the weight of what's owed and the acts we perform to survive. Transplanted where language, sex, and oppression collide, Na's ear, plastered close to the ground of the female soul, exposes intimate rooms where few dare to go, where women ponder or claw, ascend or stumble along. A vanguard feminist-humorist, honest, unflinchingly brave, Nancy has written a new book that is a salve for us all."

- Pam Ward, Between Good Men & No Man at All