Rainbow Rainbow

Highbridge Audio. Sept. 2022. 5:39 hrs. ISBN 9781696608312. $19.99. F
A collection of stand-alone short stories that feature queer characters as they search for love. Conklin’s debut is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming, as their characters explore a world where they often exist on the margins. Narrator Julia Weldon deftly employs different characterizations for each story, helping listeners to know when a new one has begun. Her sensitive narration adds both tenderness and fearlessness to the stories. Whether telling the story of a lesbian couple preparing for pregnancy, a character exploring gender identity during middle age, or a COVID-era affair, each story reveals just one facet of the overall queer experience, humanizing identities that have often been stereotyped by society, authors, and readers alike. Conklin beautifully explores the various expressions of gender identity, conveying the hope, loss, and love that are unique to queer, trans, and gender nonconforming people, while also exploring our common human identity.
VERDICT This collection is a must-add for any library collection. It will appeal not only to queer listeners, but to any person searching to better understand the experiences of friends, family, and neighbors.
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