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AUTHOR: Leopoldine Core
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books
When Watched: Stories
by Leopoldine Core
In Leopoldine Core’s stories, you never know where you are going to end up. Populated by sex workers and artists, lovers and friends, her characters are endlessly striving to understand each other. And while they may seem to operate at the margins, there is something eminently relatable, even elemental about their romantic relationships, their personal demons, and the strange shapes their joy can take.
Refreshing, witty, and absolutely close to the heart, Core’s twenty stories, set in and around New York City, have an other-worldly quality along with a deep seriousness—even a moral seriousness. What we know of identity is smashed and in its place, true individuals emerge, each bristling with a unique sexuality, a belief-system all their own. Reminiscent of Jane Bowles, William Burroughs, and Colette, her writing glows with an authenticity that is intoxicating and rare.
When Watched was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award in 2017. A significant character in one of the stories (Frances) is attracted to people of multiple genders.
SUGGEST A TROPE:
“You think everyone’s great. And you want to have sex with everyone. Men included, apparently.”
Frances opened her mouth to speak but stopped herself. It seemed like a lot of work.”