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About the author:
Elliott DeLine (born 1988) is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist from Syracuse, NY. He is a transgender man writing fiction about transgender characters: a very rare animal indeed! His first book, Refuse, was a finalist in the 2011 LGBT Rainbow Awards, and he was the 2011 recipient of the Louise Weatherbee Phelps Award for outstanding upper-division writing at Syracuse University. His work has been featured in several publications, including the Modern Love essay series of The New York Times (2011), and The Collection, winner of the 2012 Lambda Literary Award. He is a regular blogger for the premier FTM magazine, Original Plumbing, and for Trans-Genre, an internet showcase of transgender artists.
Dean, a 22-year old female-to-male-transsexual, is no LGBT poster boy. Unemployed, depressed, mid-transition, friendless, and still living in the upstairs bedroom of his parents' house in a conservative suburb, he can think of little to do but write his memoir. In the third person, he tells the tale of his would-be love affair with his college roommate, Colin, another trans man with a girlfriend and a successful indie rock band. The plot is interrupted intermittently by Dean's first person commentary, often criticizing middle-class conformity-but also the queer counterculture from which he feels equally alienated. He is obsessed with Morrissey of The Smiths and wants nothing in life other than the same level of fame. As his far-fetched dreams become a foreseeable reality, he must decide between honesty and belonging, conformity or isolation, community or self.
Refuse is an urgent novel that speaks to the alienation of transgender youth and will ring true to many outsiders, over-thinkers, and underachievers. It tackles the pressing concerns of depression, suicide, unemployment, and discrimination, oscillating between irreverent wit and sincere confessions. A manifesto, a transgender narrative, a coming of age tale, a satire, an homage to a musical legend, and a star-crossed love story, Refuse is a singular work of trangender fiction. "DeLine," says Out in Print Queer Book Reviews, "is a writer to watch."
2011 LGBT Rainbow Awards:
*Honorable Mention: Best LGBT Coming of Age/Young Adult Novel
*Finalist: Best Bisexual/Transgender Novel
Best Debut Transgender Novel
"...[Refuse is] a witty and provocative debut novel chronicling a young, intelligent, and deeply insecure protagonist, Dean, through his ambivalent attempts at securing love and connection within and without the transgender community."
-TT Jaxx, Lambda Literary Review
"Elliott DeLine is an ambitious, witty, self-deprecating, thoughtful writer whose debut novel Refuse could meaningfully be compared to the work of Dennis Cooper (with far less violence), Brett Easton Ellis (with far fewer chemical substances), David Sedaris (with not as many belly laughs) and Leslie Feinberg (with a much less mournful air). Conversant with the queer coming-of-age narrative, the disaffected-youth novel and the transgender memoir-as well as the feminist and gender theory that each of these literary genres has inspired-DeLine pushes back against the familiar, and safe, conventions of these sources to produce a captivating story populated by fully rendered, completely believable characters who, while not always likable, and never the objects of pity, somehow manage to make an affective claim on the reader. With this as his debut effort, DeLine, not yet out of college, is a writer to watch."
-Out in Print Queer Book Reviews
"Refuse is a stunning debut "novoir" about an over-observant young outsider with really great hair who is outside everything - including the transgender community - but keeps a great deal bottled up inside. Funny, cynical, tough, vulnerable, honest, deluded, sagacious, self-loving and self-loathing, Refuse is irresistible."
-Mark Simpson, author of Saint Morrissey
- Publication Date:
- Apr 11 2011
- 1477661581 / 9781477661581
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 4.25" x 6.87"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Gay