Kings, Queens, And In-Betweens
Baker & Taylor
Struggling with her mother's sudden departure and a hopeless crush on a straight friend, a socially awkward teen is haphazardly enmeshed in the drag scene on the other side of her insular community, where she navigates questions of identity and self-acceptance. A first novel. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.
Simon and Schuster
Judy Blume meets RuPaul’s Drag Race in this funny, feel-good debut novel about a queer teen who navigates questions of identity and self-acceptance while discovering the magical world of drag.
Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town.
Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could be—one that can confidently express and accept love. But she’ll have to learn to accept lost love to get there.
From debut author Tanya Boteju comes a poignant, laugh-out-loud tale of acceptance, self-expression, and the colorful worlds that await when we’re brave enough to look.
Simon Pulse 20190507