EDMUND WHITE DEBUT FICTION AWARD FINALIST
LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST IN TRANSGENDER FICTION
OREGON BOOK AWARD/KEN KESEY AWARD FOR FICTION FINALIST
A NATURAL HISTORY OF TRANSITION
April 27, 2021
Price: $18.95 CAD
ISBN: 9781999058876 (paperback)
Reviews, Interviews etc.
A Natural History of Transition is a collection of short stories that disrupts the notion that trans people can only have one transformation. Like the landscape studied over eons, change does not have an expiration date for these trans characters, who grow as tall as buildings, turn into mountains, unravel hometown mysteries, and give birth to cocoons. Portland-based author Callum Angus infuses his work with a mix of alternative history, horror, and a reality heavily dosed with magic.
"Progressing through the collection, the sediment of every trans character builds in richness; layers of queer history pile up, jagged and dense. The accumulated layers reveal an intimate cross section—each story a marvelous sample, filled with the glittering gradation of transition."
– Madeleine Moss, Chicago Review of Books
"In all, these eight tales show a staggeringly virtuosic range. [...] taken collectively they represent a stunning achievement in the sheer fact of their variety. Angus shows mastery of both compressed and expansive forms—we have the exciting opportunity to glimpse here a young writer exploring different modalities of structure and tone (lyrical, experimental, referential, mythic) with almost universally compelling results."
– Giancarlo Latta, Gertrude Press
"Angus captures a feeling of transness that one too often has to dig for, or else may never see at all. His characters are simply human, flawed and imperfect, but wholly alive in their own way. To be offered the diversity of transgender experiences and bodies, when so often we are forced to take what we are given, is a delightful treat."
– Cleo Peterson, The Puritan
"Callum Angus is one of the younger writers I’m most excited by, with a mind full of marvels and an ear to match. Every story surprises; every sentence strives gorgeously toward music. This is writing as transition, as entrancement, as transcendence.”
– Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness and What Belongs to You
"How did we do without A Natural History of Transition for so long? Down with the medicalized so-called histories of our selves! Cal Angus has written our history as something much lusher, more fantastical, and for that reason, more true."
– Jordy Rosenberg, author of Confessions of the Fox