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Queer Book Club: "The Tiger Flu" by Larissa Lai

A reading group focusing on literature through a queer lens, hosted monthly at Chicago’s premier bookstore for the LGBTQ community. Alternating between the “classics” of gay fiction and contemporary, historically underrepresented voices, we read to explore queer experience across literary genres and eras! Join us in friendly discussions on the last Tuesday of each month.

This month the Queer Book Club will meet to discuss The Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai on Tuesday, May 25th at 7:30pm.

To maintain a safe environment for discussion, this book club will continue to hold meetings via Zoom. Order the book below, and join us for a video chat discussion. For questions about this book club, or to join the Zoom meeting, email Matt at matt@unabridgedbookstore.com.

In this visionary novel by Larissa Lai--her first in sixteen years--a community of parthenogenic women, sent into exile by the male-dominated Salt Water City, goes to war against disease, technology, and powerful men that threaten them with extinction.

Kirilow is a doctor apprentice whose lover Peristrophe is a "starfish," a woman who can regenerate her own limbs and organs, which she uses to help her clone sisters whose organs are failing. When a denizen from Salt Water City suffering from a mysterious flu comes into their midst, Peristrophe becomes infected and dies, prompting Kirilow to travel to Salt Water City, where the flu is now a pandemic, to find a new starfish who will help save her sisters. There, Kirilow meets Kora, a girl-woman desperate to save her family from the epidemic. Kora has everything Kirilow is looking for, except the will to abandon her own family. But before Kirilow can convince her, both are kidnapped by a group of powerful men to serve as test subjects for a new technology that can cure the mind of the body.

Bold, beautiful, and wildly imaginative, The Tiger Flu is at once a female hero's saga, a cyberpunk thriller, and a convention-breaking cautionary tale--a striking metaphor for our complicated times.

Larissa Lai is the author of two novels, When Fox Is a Thousand and Salt Fish Girl; two poetry collections, sybil unrest and Automaton Biographies; and a critical nonfiction book Slanting I, Imagining We. A Canada Research Chair at the University of Calgary, she directs the Insurgent Architects' House for Creative Writing.
 
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$19.95
ISBN: 9781551527314
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 23rd, 2018

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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