Go out and buy The Butterfly and the Flame by Dana de Young. It is the story of a young girl who has been betrothed to a man she hates and bears a horrible secret, she was born a boy. Set in 2404, America has seen a religious revolution that created a land of farmers and rich overlords. As Emily’s wedding date moves closer her family must decide how to save her from certain death at the hand of the church.
A finalist for a Lambda Literary award, The Butterfly and the Flame is without a doubt one of the best books I have read in years. The characters are beautifully shaped and hugely complex. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys queer literature, or even someone who just loves to read!
That is not a horrible secret. Fuck. No thanks, I don’t need a book that tells me how horrible my life is.