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Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir


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by Kai Cheng Thom

Fall 2017

Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf book club choice March 2019

Winner of Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers (2017)

29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Finalist for Transgender Fiction

2020 PFC-Valley of Words Book Award for Writings for Young Adults (Zubaan South Asian edition), Finalist

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir is the highly sensational, ultra-exciting, sort-of true, coming-of-age story of a young Asian trans girl, pathological liar, and kung-fu expert who runs away from her parents’ abusive home in a rainy city called Gloom. Striking off on her own, she finds her true family in a group of larger-than-life trans femmes who make their home in a mysterious pleasure district known only as the Street of Miracles.

Under the wings of this fierce and fabulous flock, she blossoms into the woman she has always dreamed of being, with a little help from the unscrupulous Doctor Crocodile. When one of their number is brutally murdered, our protagonist joins her sisters in forming a vigilante gang to fight back against the transphobes, violent johns, and cops that stalk the Street of Miracles. But when things go terribly wrong, she must find the truth within herself in order to stop the violence and discover what it really means to grow up and find your family.

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Author: Kai Cheng Thom
Press kit

ISBN: 978-0-9940471-3-7

Cover by Samantha Garritano

    • Printed in Quebec
    • Published in November 2016

“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.”

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