Juno's Swans

Category: Book
By (author): Wolff, Tamsen
Subject:  FICTION / Gay
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  QUEER & TRANS / Fiction
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: September 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.25in x 5.25in
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From The Publisher*

In 1988, before her senior year of high school, Nina and her best friend spend the summer alone on Cape Cod. Nina has grown up with her ailing grandmother-and she yearns for the chance of a deeper connection. When she enrolls in an acting course, she soon finds romance with Sarah, one of the teaching assistants.

Nina's own world revolves around Sarah, while the rest of the world moves urgently on. Nina's high school teacher does not take the end of their relationship well; her best friend feels abandoned; the AIDS epidemic rages; her fellow actors grow and hone their talents. The novel perfectly captures the revelatory feelings that arrive with young adulthood- the startling awareness of oneself outside the bounds of friends and family, and the twin senses of loneliness and liberation that accompany this knowledge. After a summer of love and loss, Nina slowly finds her way back home.

With lyrical prose, nuanced characters, and an evocative narrative voice, Tamsen Wolff vividly brings to life the dizzying experience of first love-and its inevitable partner, first heartbreak. This honest depiction of female relationships-both romantic and platonic-will capture readers from fifteen to fifty.Juno's Swans is rich and sharp and emotional in all the right places.

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Praise forJuno's Swans

"Captivating and achingly realistic, this is a stunning debut."-Kirkus (Starred Review)

"Intense, passionate, desperate-a wonderful, first-person story about a young woman falling seriously in love. The writing is terrific, full of energyand verve."-Christopher Nicholson, author ofWinter

"Dissects young love and youth itself with uncanny precision and surprisinghumor."-Caitlin Macy, author ofThe Fundamentals of Play

"A real writerly talent."-Andrew Miller, author ofPure

"The writing is a vivid and extended as the moment when first love ends."-Audrey Schulman, author ofTheory of Bastards

Biographical NoteTamsen Wolff is a professor in Princeton University's English Department, where she specializes in modern and contemporary drama, voice, directing, anddramaturgy. She has published essays in numerous journals, and is the author ofMendel's Theatre: Heredity, Eugenics, and Early Twentieth-Century American Drama.Juno's Swans is her first novel.