The Color of Always: An LGBTQIA+ Love Anthology

A Wave Blue World. Jun. 2023. 144p. ed. by Brent Fisher & Michele Abounader. ISBN 9781949518245. pap. $19.99. LGBT ROMANCE
Creators from a broad range of queer experiences come together in these short stories celebrating love and intimacy. “Claddagh” is presented in the form of a letter describing the moment when the author realized she was in love with the addressee. Tarot cards lead to an eruption of passion in “Letting it Fall” and are a point of connection in “Ever More Myself,” on an androgynous character’s anxiety about how they are being perceived during a first date. Several stories forgo or downplay romance to explore identity issues; in “Sea Change,” a sailor swept overboard comes to terms with being nonbinary during an encounter with a gargantuan sea monster. A character hanging out in a nightclub reacts to being perceived as either too masculine or too feminine by repeatedly rushing to the restroom to adjust their appearance in “All That Glitters.”
VERDICT An eclectic collection of deeply felt and frequently uplifting stories from across the spectrum of human experience.
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