At once a love letter and challenge to the traditional transgender memoir, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars is a playful, surrealist dance through queer coming of age.
A haunted young girl (who happens to be a kung-fu expert and pathological liar) runs away from an oppressive city, where the sky is always grey, in search of love and sisterhood—and finds herself in a magical place known only as the Street of Miracles. There, she is quickly adopted into a vigilante gang of glamorous warrior femmes called the Lipstick Lacerators, whose mission is to scour the Street of violent men and avenge murdered trans women everywhere. But when disaster strikes, can our intrepid heroine find the truth within herself in order to protect her new family and heal her broken heart?
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Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performer, lasagna lover, and wicked witch based in Toronto, unceded Indigenous territory. She is the author of several award-winning works including the poetry collection a place called No Homeland, the children's book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, and the forthcoming essay collection I HOPE WE CHOOSE LOVE: A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World. Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir is her first novel.
Published: August 2019
Originally published by Metynomy Press
“The book is high-energy and full of exciting tension from the outset, and the writing keeps you glued to the page.” — Teen Vogue
“[Fierce Femmes] effortlessly changes the rules, cracking open a space of freedom.” — Montreal Review of Books
“A fairy tale, a love story, and a love letter from one trans woman of colour to other trans women and femmes of colour.” — GUTS
“There are so many parts of this book I love I can’t even say them all.” — Bitch Media
“Kai Cheng Thom’s fantastical and carefully constructed writing brings the knife blade and the high heel together in an engaging, fast-paced fictional—or is it?—memoir.” — The Winnipeg Review
“A captivating tale of betrayal, murder, mysticism, legend and compassion.” — Autostraddle