Shut Up, You're Pretty

Shut Up, You're Pretty


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Perseus Publishing
A high-wire collection of darkly humorous stories about a young woman floating in and out of her skin, trying on identities imposed on her by others.
In Téa Mutonji’s disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides on shaving her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic.

These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator’s experience as an involuntary one. Tinged with pathos and humor, they interrogate the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed.

Shut Up You’re Pretty is the first book to be published under VS. Books, a series of books curated and edited by writer-musician Vivek Shraya featuring work by new and emerging Indigenous or Black writers, or writers of color.

Publisher: Vancouver, British Columbia :, VS. Books, an imprint of Arsenal Pupl Press,, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781551527550
Branch Call Number: FIC MUT
Characteristics: 135 pages ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Shut up, you are pretty


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esgouliaras May 11, 2019

A compelling set of connected short stories that feel incredibly real and relatable, especially for young women. We follow the main character as she grows up and see how her childhood experiences inform her life choices.

Jan 25, 2019

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