At once a love letter and challenge to the traditional transgender memoir, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars is a playful, surrealist dance through queer coming of age.
A haunted young girl (who happens to be a kung-fu expert and pathological liar) runs away from an oppressive city, where the sky is always grey, in search of love and sisterhood—and finds herself in a magical place known only as the Street of Miracles. There, she is quickly adopted into a vigilante gang of glamorous warrior femmes called the Lipstick Lacerators, whose mission is to scour the Street of violent men and avenge murdered trans women everywhere. But when disaster strikes, can our intrepid heroine find the truth within herself in order to protect her new family and heal her broken heart?
Trans teens and young adults need more unapologetic, realistic, and possibly even hopeful representations of responses to systemic violence — Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars is one such offering.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first thing you need to know about this book? It’s based on a true story but isn’t actually true. The second? It’s captivating. Author Kai Cheng Thom believes trans girls need “a dangerous story”—she’s tired of the tales that are safe to read and discuss. With that in mind, Thom creates a marvelously fictionalized coming-of-age memoir that’s fizzy with ideas of truth-telling, magic, and girl gangs. The results are fabulous. It’s no wonder Emma Watson chose it for her feminist book club—we’d choose it for a book club of any stripe.