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Shut Up You're Pretty (Paperback)

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Umm, yes plz! This title is everything. The stories are real and they hurt. But they are also beautiful and touch the strings in my heart. 

— Adelaide


Winner, Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction (Publishing Triangle); Finalist, Rogers Writers Trust of Canada Fiction Prize

In T a 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781551527550
ISBN-10: 1551527553
Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press
Publication Date: May 14th, 2019
Pages: 176
Language: English