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Las Biuty Queens: With an Introduction by Pedro Almodovar

Ivan Monalisa Ojeda

7 Reviews

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Short stories

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY PEDRO ALMODOVAR

The lives of trans Latinx come alive in this cocktail of bleakness and joy de vivre that depicts a community living on the wrong side of the American dream.

'The American dream as seen from the height of a good pair of heels' From Pedro Almodovar's introduction

In this acclaimed short story collection, Chilean transgender performer and author Ivan Monalisa Ojeda delivers an irreverent, honest and full throated love song to New York city from the perspective of a group of trans Latinx immigrant friends who walk the streets, smoke crystal meth, compete in beauty contests, look for clients on their impossibly high heels, and fall prey to increasingly cruel immigration policies.

Drawing from his/her own perspective as a trans performer, sex worker, and undocumented immigrant Ivan Monalisa Ojeda chronicles the lives of Latinx queer and trans immigrants in New York City. Whether she is struggling with addiction, clashing with law enforcement, or being subjected to personal violence, each character chooses her own path of defiance, often responding to her fate with irreverent dark humour.

What emerges is the portrait of a group of friends who express unquestioning solidarity and love for each other, and of a unfamiliar, glittering and violent New York City that will draw readers and swallow them whole.

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Praise for Las Biuty Queens: With an Introduction by Pedro Almodovar

  • Nobody writes like Ivan Monalisa Ojeda. Nobody has his self-confidence, his insolence, his tenderness. The American dream does not exist, only the fragile voices of this book remain, narrating a nightmare as beautiful as it is infinite. - Diego Zuniga

  • After Pedro Lemebel, Ivan Monalisa is the most extraordinary writer in this world of biuty queens. - Sergio Parra

  • Monalisa is a legend. - Carlos Velazquez

  • This book is like the money a friend slips in your pocket when they know you can't make rent: a fortifying whisper to carry on, and carry each other with us - Tourmaline, filmmaker and activist

  • This is New York, full of beauty and pain - turn away at your own peril - Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

  • You can't just read this book; you bathe in its grit, the resilience of its characters and, most of all, its beauty. What a stunning book - Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American and author of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen

  • After Pedro Lemebel, Ivan Monalisa is the most extraordinary writer in this world of biuty queens. - Sergio Parra

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