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This Brutal House by Niven Govinden

This Brutal House

Niven Govinden

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2 reviews

Imprint: Dialogue Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 6 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9780349700700

A timely queer protest novel set in the drag ball community of New York City, from a Green Carnation Prize-shortlisted author

4 stars out of 5
Sean Hewitt
16 Jun 2019

"Niven Govinden’s novel shows the complexity of drag balls and queer life"

The drag hall, in This Brutal House, is a sort of church and sanctuary, a community of the oppressed rising in celebration: “a luminescence… ethereal and without a place on this earth, bar this space, this home”. “Voguing,” Govinden tells us, “is like communing with spirits”. This is an important, and in places an experimental book, full of spark and wisdom. Its tone is in place elegiac, in others vibrant. Like the best drag acts, This Brutal House leaves its reader full of a powerful, protesting energy. As the vogue caller shouts: “Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Pray your maker sees you. Walk”.

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4 stars out of 5
Sharmaine Lovegrove
9 Jun 2019

"a timely queer protest novel"

As we await the second season of the TV drama Pose, the award-winning author Govinden brings us a timely queer protest novel set in the drag ball community of New York City. Vivid and poetic, the story explores belonging, tolerance and what it means to be a parent in a confused and complex society.