Personal Attention Roleplay


by Helen Chau Bradley

Publication date: November 23, 2021

A young gymnast crushes on an older, more talented teammate while contending with her overworked mother. A newly queer twenty-something juggles two intimate relationships—with a slippery anarchist lover and an idiosyncratic meals-on-wheels recipient. A queer metal band’s summer tour unravels amid the sticky heat of the Northeastern US. A codependent listicle writer becomes obsessed with a Japanese ASMR channel.

The stories in Personal Attention Roleplay are propelled by queer loneliness, mixed-race confusion, late capitalist despondency, and the pitfalls of intimacy. Taking place in Montreal, Toronto, and elsewhere, they feature young Asian misfits struggling with the desire to see themselves reflected—in their surroundings, in others, online. Chau Bradley’s precise language and investigation of our more troubling motivations stand out in this wryly funny debut, through stories that hint at the uncanny while remaining grounded in the everyday.

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Author: Helen Chau Bradley

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-7774852-1-4

Cover art by Marigold Santos

Cover design by LOKI

  • Paperback 13.3 x 20.5 x 1.27 cm
  • 216 pages
  • Printed in Quebec
  • Publication date: November 23, 2021

Queer maverick Helen Chau Bradley’s adventurous debut is what the broken world needs right now … Personal Attention Roleplay is a power to the people collection—daring, propulsive, and fun.

—Jennifer Tseng