Recommendation: The Revenants

J recommends…


The Revenants by Sheri S. Tepper

This is one of my favorite books, ever. I first read it when I was a teenager, and eventually gave my dogeared copy to another teenager. I have bought and shared three or four copies over the years.

It is a unique book in that it is a fantasy story in which the protagonist is physically genderfluid, both male and female by turns. Also unique in my reading experience was that it was a book in which several of the characters are queer, and it was mainstream published, and nobody is treated as a stereotype. It’s about growing up in a world where you never quite fit in and in which love and sex are by turns magical and complicated and frightening.

I have recommended this book to many people, and it holds a special place in my heart, as girl who wore suits and hung out with boys in dresses. I might even say it’s like Tolkien for Queer kids.

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Posted by on June 15th, 2010 at 08:00 am

Category: books, recommendations 3 comments »

3 Responses to “Recommendation: The Revenants”

  1. Quince

    I really hope I can find this book now.


  2. Anonymous

    I’ll definitely have to do some looking around for this. It sounds fnatastic.


  3. A

    On this same note:
    “side show” by the same author features and pair of inter-sexed conjoined twins.
    and “gate to women’s country” is another that deals with gender issues in a fantastic (literally) way.
    I strongly recommend any of her books, as often gender roles, identity, and fluidity are topics the characters face.


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